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U.S. to reopen border with Canada for vaccinated travellers on November 8

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 08:00:00 -0400

Travellers from Canada who are fully vaccinated will be able to cross the border into the United States beginning November 8.

Express Entry: Third consecutive draw for PNP candidates

Thu, 14 Oct 2021 11:00:00 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held its third consecutive Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw in a row on October 13.

Canada PNP highlights for September 2021

Tue, 05 Oct 2021 16:30:00 -0400

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) invited almost 6,500 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination during September 2021.

IRCC invites 761 PNP candidates in Express Entry draw

Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:00:00 -0400

Canada invited 761 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residence in the latest Express Entry draw, held on September 29.

Canada holds sponsorship lottery for Parents and Grandparents Program 2021

Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:30:00 -0400

Canada's immigration department has just announced that it is beginning to issue Parents and Grandparents Program 2021 invitations.

What does the Liberals Election 2021 win mean for Canadian immigration?

Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:30:00 -0400

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has won the 2021 Canadian election for the third time in a row, according to Canadian news networks.

Canada invites 521 PNP candidates in latest Express Entry draw

Wed, 15 Sep 2021 16:00:00 -0400

Canada invited 521 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draw, held on September 15.

Canada invites 2,000 candidates in Express Entry draw

Tue, 14 Sep 2021 16:00:00 -0400

Canada invited 2,000 Canadian Experience Class (CEC) candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draw, held on September 14.

Saskatchewan invites 528 in latest draw

Sat, 11 Sep 2021 08:00:00 -0400

Saskatchewan invited 528 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination for permanent residence during a draw held a draw on September 8.

Fully vaccinated tourists can enter Canada starting today

Tue, 07 Sep 2021 13:00:00 -0400

Canada's borders are now open to tourists who are fully vaccinated, starting September 7, 2021.

Canada invites 635 Express Entry candidates

Wed, 01 Sep 2021 15:30:00 -0400

Canada invited 635 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draw, held on September 1.

Ontario invites masters students in PNP draw

Sat, 28 Aug 2021 05:00:00 -0400

Ontario invited a total of 326 international masters students to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on August 25.

Saskatchewan invites 496 candidates in PNP draw

Wed, 25 Aug 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Saskatchewan held a draw on August 19, and invited 496 immigration candidates through two immigration programs to apply for provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Express Entry: 3,463 PNP and CEC candidates invited in new draws

Thu, 19 Aug 2021 16:00:00 -0400

Two separate Express Entry draws were held on August 18 and 19 resulting in a total of 3,463 candidates being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Canada calls election, commits to resettling 20,000 more Afghan refugees

Mon, 16 Aug 2021 14:00:00 -0400

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, called a federal election on August 25.

Canada commits $100 million towards settlement initiatives for newcomers

Fri, 13 Aug 2021 09:00:00 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced that it will allocate $100 million to help new immigrants settle and integrate in Canada during the post-COVID-19 period.

Canada and Quebec reach agreement to increase the number of temporary foreign workers

Tue, 10 Aug 2021 10:30:00 -0400

A new Canada-Quebec agreement will increase the quota of temporary foreign workers that employers can hire for low-wage jobs.

Saskatchewan invites 452 candidates in latest draw

Sat, 07 Aug 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Candidates in work experience in an eligible occupation were invited 295 to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The draw took place on August 5.

Canada invites 3,512 in two Express Entry draws

Thu, 05 Aug 2021 16:00:00 -0400

In the latest Express Entry draws, Canada invited a total of 3,512 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Manitoba invites Express Entry candidates in largest ever draw

Fri, 30 Jul 2021 16:30:00 -0400

Manitoba invited a total of 1,140 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in the latest Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, held on July 27.

Ontario invites Express Entry candidates in new PNP draw

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 15:30:00 -0400

Ontario’s latest provincial draw took place on July 27, 2021. The province invited immigration candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream.

Express Entry: 4,962 invited in latest draws

Thu, 22 Jul 2021 14:30:00 -0400

Canada invited a total of 4,962 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence over two Express Entry draws, one day apart.

Canada easing more travel restrictions starting August 9

Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:00:00 -0400

Canada intends to begin welcoming any fully vaccinated travellers starting on September 7, 2021, as long as COVID-19 remains under control.

New open work permit for essential workers and international graduates

Thu, 15 Jul 2021 15:30:00 -0400

Essential workers and international student graduates who applied for the new pathway to permanent residence are now able to get an open work permit while they wait for their application to be processed.

Saskatchewan PNP invites 295 candidates

Wed, 14 Jul 2021 14:30:00 -0400

Saskatchewan invited 295 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The draw took place on July 8.

4,500 CEC candidates invited in Express Entry draw

Fri, 09 Jul 2021 13:00:00 -0400

Canada invited a total of 4,500 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence in the latest Express Entry draw.

Canada invites 627 PNP candidates in Express Entry draw

Wed, 07 Jul 2021 15:00:00 -0400

Canada invited 627 candidates to apply for permanent residence in the last Express Entry draw on July 7.

How expired COPR holders can come to Canada

Fri, 02 Jul 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Canada has released instructions for how those with expired Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) can travel to Canada.

7,002 candidates invited in Canada's last two Express Entry draws

Tue, 29 Jun 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Canada invited a total of 7,002 candidates to apply for permanent residence in the last two Express Entry draws on June 23 and 24.

Ontario PNP draw invites Express Entry candidates

Sat, 26 Jun 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Ontario’s latest provincial draw took place on June 23, 2021. The province invited immigration candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream.

Canada easing travel rules including for approved immigrants

Mon, 21 Jun 2021 12:00:00 -0400

Beginning on June 21, 2021, holders of a valid Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) can now travel to Canada, even if it was issued after March 18, 2020.

Canada extends border restrictions to July 21

Fri, 18 Jun 2021 13:30:00 -0400

Canada will be extending its border restrictions to travellers from all countries including the U.S. until July 21, 2021.

Saskatchewan invites 255 immigration candidates in latest PNP draw

Thu, 17 Jun 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Saskatchewan held a new draw on June 15, inviting a total of 255 immigration candidates to apply for provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Canada invites 6,940 immigration candidates in two Express Entry draws

Fri, 11 Jun 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Canada invited a total of 6,940 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in two Express Entry draws on June 9 and 10.

Canada hoping to lift hotel quarantine requirement

Wed, 09 Jun 2021 13:00:00 -0400

Fully vaccinated individuals who are allowed to travel to Canada may be exempt from the hotel quarantine requirement, starting as early as July.

Huge Express Entry draw: 5,956 invitations issued

Wed, 02 Jun 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Canada invited 5,956 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draw on May 31.

Express Entry, Quebec and five PNP draws in one week

Tue, 01 Jun 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Last week saw seven immigration draws take place including one Express Entry draw, a Quebec Arrima draw as well as six Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws.

Express Entry draw: Canada invites 500 PNP candidates

Fri, 28 May 2021 16:00:00 -0400

A total of 500 immigration candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draws on May 26.

India and Pakistan travel ban extended

Tue, 25 May 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Canada has extended the travel ban on direct flights from India and Pakistan until at least June 21.

CRS down to 397 in surprise Express Entry draw

Fri, 21 May 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Canada held a surprise Express Entry draw on May 20, inviting 1,842 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Ontario invites international students in PNP draw

Wed, 19 May 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Ontario invited a total of 138 international students to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on May 18.

Canada invites 4,704 Express Entry candidates

Sat, 15 May 2021 04:00:00 -0400

A total of 4,704 immigration candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draws on May 12 and May 13.

Immigration options for international graduates in Canada

Tue, 11 May 2021 15:00:00 -0400

When you graduate from a Canadian learning institution, you will open new doors for Canadian immigration.

Canada's new immigration streams for essential workers and graduates have launched

Fri, 07 May 2021 04:00:00 -0400

The six new limited-time immigration pathways for temporary residents launched on May 6, 2021 at 12 p.m. EST.

6 New PR Streams Launch this Week

Tue, 04 May 2021 04:00:00 -0400

New Permanent Residence pathways will be available for essential workers and international graduates this Thursday 6 May 2021.

Ontario launches EOI system

Sat, 01 May 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Ontario has introduced a new Expression of Interest (EOI) system for two Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

PNP and CEC Express Entry draws invite 6,381 immigration candidates

Fri, 30 Apr 2021 04:00:00 -0400

A total of 6,381 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draws on April 28 and April 29.

Saskatchewan invites 269 immigration candidates

Tue, 27 Apr 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Saskatchewan invited 269 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The draw took place on April 22.

Week in Review: Huge week for Canadian immigration

Tue, 20 Apr 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Last week was a huge week for Canadian immigration. Canada held two Express Entry draws, three provinces held provincial draws, and Canada announced six new immigration programs to help international graduates, essential workers and French speakers become permanent residents.

Express Entry draw issues 266 invitations for immigration candidates

Sat, 17 Apr 2021 04:00:00 -0400

A total of 266 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draw on April 14.

Canada introduces 6 new immigration streams for 90,000 candidates

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:58:00 -0400

Canada is launching six new immigration streams that will seek to welcome up to 90,000 applications in 2021.

Saskatchewan issues 279 invitations in latest PNP draw

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Saskatchewan issued a total of 279 invitations to immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The draw took place on April 8.

Immigrant children grow up to outperform other Canadians

Wed, 07 Apr 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Children of immigrants who immigrated to Canada before the age of 15 had the highest rate of post-secondary enrollment and annual salaries.

Two Express Entry draws in two days invite 5,284 immigration candidates

Fri, 02 Apr 2021 04:00:00 -0400

A total of 5,284 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draws on March 31 and April 1.

Processing times during COVID-19 pandemic

Tue, 30 Mar 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Canada's immigration department has provided an update on processing times due to their limited capacity during the pandemic.

Saskatchewan invites 418 immigration candidates in latest PNP

Sat, 27 Mar 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Saskatchewan invited a total of 418 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence through the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The draw took place on March 24.

British Columbia invites 95 in Tech Pilot draw

Thu, 25 Mar 2021 04:00:00 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has issued new invitations under the Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration on March 23, 2021.

PEI invites 150 immigration candidates in latest draw

Sat, 20 Mar 2021 04:00:00 -0400

Prince Edward Island invited 150 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in the province's last draw on March 18.

Canada invites 5,183 immigration candidates in two Express Entry draws

Fri, 19 Mar 2021 04:00:00 -0400

A total of 5,183 candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draws on March 17 and 18.

Saskatchewan PNP draw invites 248 candidates

Mon, 15 Mar 2021 11:00:00 -0400

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited a total of 248 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The draw took place on March 11.

Canada invites 671 PNP candidates in Express Entry draw

Mon, 08 Mar 2021 14:30:00 -0500

A total of 671 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draw on March 8.

Ontario invites 754 in latest PNP draw

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:00:00 -0500

Ontario’s latest provincial draw took place on March 2. The province issued targeted notifications of interest to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream.

Manitoba invites 207 immigration candidates in latest PNP draw

Tue, 02 Mar 2021 04:00:00 -0500

A total of 207 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in the latest Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw, held on February 12.

Saskatchewan invites 299 Express Entry candidates in latest PNP draw

Sat, 27 Feb 2021 04:00:00 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited a total of 299 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The draw took place on February 25.

Canada releases list of approved hotels for quarantine

Wed, 24 Feb 2021 04:00:00 -0500

The Canadian government released a list of the hotels that are allowed to welcome travellers for the mandatory three-day quarantine requirement.

PEI invites 121 immigration candidates in PNP draw

Sat, 20 Feb 2021 04:00:00 -0500

Prince Edward Island released the details of its February 18 draw.

Ontario invites 1,186 Express Entry candidates in Tech Draw

Wed, 17 Feb 2021 04:00:00 -0500

Ontario invited immigration candidates who have work experience in the tech sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in its latest tech draw on February 16.

Canada invites 27,332 Express Entry immigration candidates in historic draw

Sat, 13 Feb 2021 10:26:00 -0500

Canada held perhaps its most historic Express Entry draw ever on Saturday February 13, 2021.

International students can complete 100% of their studies online and still work in Canada

Fri, 12 Feb 2021 14:30:00 -0500

International students who graduate with a post-secondary degree online will now be eligible for Canada's three-year post-graduate open work permit.

Canada invites 654 PNP candidates in Express Entry draw

Wed, 10 Feb 2021 17:00:00 -0500

A total of 654 Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates were invited to apply for permanent residence in Canada's latest Express Entry draw on February 10.

Highest average entry wage for immigrants reached in 2018

Tue, 09 Feb 2021 05:00:00 -0500

Immigrant wages were increasing prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent Statistics Canada report.

Canada launches open work permit for Hong Kong residents

Sat, 06 Feb 2021 05:00:00 -0500

Skilled workers and graduates from Hong Kong will be able to apply for a new Canadian open work permit starting February 8.

Top In-demand jobs in Canada for 2021

Tue, 02 Feb 2021 04:00:00 -0500

As Canada slowly begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the jobs that are predicted to be in demand over the next year.

Canada introduces new travel restrictions

Sat, 30 Jan 2021 05:00:00 -0500

Canada's government is introducing stricter measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday.

PGWP holders can now apply for a new open work permit

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:00:00 -0500

International graduates who are in Canada with an expiring Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) can now submit an application for an open work permit.

Saskatchewan invites 502 immigration candidates in latest PNP draw

Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:30:00 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited a total of 502 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The draw took place on January 21.

Second Express Entry draw this week invites 4,626 CEC candidates

Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:30:00 -0500

Canada held another Express Entry draw on January 21, the second invitation round held in two days.

Canada holds third Express Entry draw of 2021

Thu, 21 Jan 2021 04:00:00 -0500

Canada's third Express Entry draw of the year, on January 20, issued 374 invitations to apply to immigration candidates who have provincial nominations.

Quebec Experience Program candidates can now submit their applications online

Mon, 18 Jan 2021 12:30:00 -0500

Candidates for the Programme de l’expérience québécoise (PEQ or Quebec Experience Program) can submit their applications online as of January 12 through the Arrima platform.

Manitoba invites 272 immigration candidates in latest PNP draw

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 15:00:00 -0500

A total of 272 immigration candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence in Manitoba's first Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw of the year.

PGWP holders without work experience given second chance, and more news from last week

Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:30:00 -0500

Here are the most important headlines from last week.

Canada invites 4,750 CEC candidates in Express Entry draw

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 11:00:00 -0500

Canada has returned to program specific draws, alternating between Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draws and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) draws.

Temporary workers and students have until the summer to restore their status

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 05:00:00 -0500

Foreign national temporary workers, international students and visitors to Canada now have until August 31 to restore their residency status.

First Express Entry draw of 2021 is a PNP-only draw

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 16:00:00 -0500

Canada's first Express Entry draw of the year, on January 6, issued 250 invitations to apply to immigration candidates who have provincial nominations.

IRCC: New Parents and Grandparents Program immigration lottery has taken place

Tue, 05 Jan 2021 16:12:00 -0500

On January 5, 2021, the Canadian government announced it has held its latest Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) immigration lottery.

Travellers to Canada will need a negative PCR test, and more news from this week

Tue, 05 Jan 2021 05:00:00 -0500

Here is a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

Canada immigration: 2020 Year-End Review of the PNP

Tue, 05 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0500

There have been significant developments in the various Canadian provincial nominee programs over the past year.

An overview of Express Entry in 2020: A record-breaking year

Fri, 01 Jan 2021 05:00:00 -0500

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and Canada’s travel restrictions that came with it, 2020 was the biggest year in Express Entry’s history.

Negative PCR test now required to enter Canada

Thu, 31 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Travellers to Canada will now be required to obtain a negative PCR test up to three days prior to travelling to Canada.

Can travellers break their quarantine and leave Canada?

Wed, 30 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Travellers to Canada may be allowed to break their 14-day quarantine period and leave Canada, but are required to stay in quarantine until they travel.

Canada immigration: What to expect in January 2021

Mon, 28 Dec 2020 09:54:00 -0500

January 2021 will mark the beginning of a year people all across the globe hope will be much better than 2020.

Canada's provinces invite even more immigration candidates before Christmas 2020

Thu, 24 Dec 2020 12:17:00 -0500

Canada's provinces have been busy in the lead up to Christmas 2020 inviting even more skilled worker immigration candidates.

Express Entry: Canada holds draw as immigration invitations reach 107,350 in 2020

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Canada held what is likely its last Express Entry draw of 2020 on Wednesday December 23.

Two provinces invite candidates in Tech draws, and more news from this week

Mon, 21 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Here is a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

Ontario invites 668 Express Entry candidates in PNP Draw

Thu, 17 Dec 2020 04:00:00 -0500

Ontario’s latest draw took place on December 15 and issued targeted notifications of interest to candidates who may qualify for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities stream.

Survey suggests Canada one of the most 'safe and stable' countries for international students

Wed, 16 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada continues to cement its position as one of the most popular study destinations due to its perception as a ‘safe and stable’ country, particularly because of how well it handled the coronavirus pandemic.

Canada approves COVID-19 vaccine, and more news from this week

Tue, 15 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Here is a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

How to sponsor your wife, husband, or partner for Canadian immigration

Mon, 14 Dec 2020 04:00:00 -0500

Under its new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada will aim to welcome around 80,000 immigrants per year under its Spouses, Partners and Children immigration category.

Employment rate among very recent Canadian immigrants close to pre-pandemic levels

Sun, 13 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

The Canadian government's newest Labour Force Survey (LFS) data shows very recent immigrants are performing better in the job market during the coronavirus pandemic.

New immigration program for asylum seekers on frontlines of COVID-19 launches December 14

Sat, 12 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

The federal government and Quebec government have announced that a new immigration program for health care asylum-seekers helping to fight COVID-19 will go into effect on Monday December 14.

Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates invited in B.C. draw

Fri, 11 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

The Government of British Columbia invited 256 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in December 8 invitation round.

Canada invites another 5,000 candidates in Express Entry draw

Thu, 10 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada invited another 5,000 federal Express Entry system candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Legislation to create a new regulatory body for immigration consultants took effect in Canada

Wed, 09 Dec 2020 04:00:00 -0500

An Act that provides a legal framework to regulate immigration and citizenship consultants is now in effect.

Service Canada online biometrics scheduling now open

Tue, 08 Dec 2020 04:00:00 -0500

On November 30, 2020, Service Canada re-opened the biometric appointment scheduling service for immigration applicants.

Nova Scotia invited Express Entry candidates with job offers

Mon, 07 Dec 2020 04:00:00 -0500

Nova Scotia held a new draw inviting Express Entry candidates with a job offer from a Nova Scotia employer on December 1.

Bilingual speakers now given extra points in Saskatchewan PNP

Sun, 06 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Saskatchewan will grant additional points to immigration candidates for being proficient in both English and French.

Canada's travel restrictions extended for another two months

Sat, 05 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada extended its travel restrictions until January 21, 2021 for all foreign nationals who are seeking entry into Canada except for the U.S.

Saskatchewan invites 564 candidates in latest PNP draw

Fri, 04 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) invited a total of 564 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence. The draw took place on December 1.

B.C. issues 79 invitations in Tech Pilot and Entrepreneur draws

Thu, 03 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has issued new invitations under the Express Entry BC, Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur Immigration streams on December 1, 2020

Previewing Canada immigration in December 2020

Wed, 02 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada's immigration system is set for a busy end to 2020.

Canada set to issue over 100,000 Express Entry immigration invitations in 2020

Tue, 01 Dec 2020 05:00:00 -0500

The next Express Entry draw is likely to result in a historic milestone for Canada's immigration system.

New immigration pathways for Hong Kong residents

Mon, 30 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada recently announced new immigration measures supporting both Hong Kong residents and Canadians in Hong Kong.

Canadian citizenship testing now online

Sun, 29 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada is now making its citizenship test available online, eight months after suspending all in-person citizenship tests due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Quebec changes wage guide for temporary foreign workers

Sat, 28 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

The guide used to determine the wages of temporary foreign workers in Quebec will be modified on December 1, 2020.

British Columbia issues 360 PNP immigration invitations

Fri, 27 Nov 2020 04:00:00 -0500

British Columbia has issued new invitations to candidates in its Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams on November 24.

Canada invites 5,000 candidates in November 25 Express Entry draw

Thu, 26 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada invited 5,000 federal Express Entry system candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the second invitation round in two weeks.

More spousal sponsorship immigration applications are being processed

Wed, 25 Nov 2020 04:00:00 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has recently doubled the number of spousal sponsorship applications it is processing.

Immigration to Canada remains weak due to coronavirus pandemic

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

New data by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) shows that Canada's immigrant intake remains weak due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UAE immigration to Canada: A step-by-step guide

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a leading source of skilled workers who immigrate to Canada.

Study: Immigrants still want to come to Canada despite COVID-19

Sun, 22 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

A new study by World Education Services (WES) shows there is still strong demand for immigrants to move to Canada despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Latest BC PNP draw invites 76 immigration candidates for Canada PR

Sat, 21 Nov 2020 08:53:00 -0500

The province of British Columbia has invited 76 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence under its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

VACs in India re-open today for immigrants and students

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Canada is resuming visa application centre (VAC) services in India today.

Largest Express Entry draw ever: 5,000 invitations issued

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada held its largest ever Express Entry draw on November 18, inviting 5,000 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Caregivers can immigrate through the Home Support Worker Pilot

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada continues to accept permanent residence applications through the Home Support Worker Pilot.

International students arriving during coronavirus must follow these rules

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada has released a guide to help international students who wish to come to Canada to navigate the country’s travel restrictions.

British Columbia PNP issues 358 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination

Mon, 16 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

A total of 358 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates on November 10.

Quebec gives employers direct access to immigration candidates in Arrima

Sun, 15 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Quebec added a new feature to its Arrima-linked Employer Portal that allows companies to search the database for candidates that best match their labour needs.

More immigration pathways for temporary residents

Sat, 14 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada is looking to offer more permanent residence pathway options to temporary residents who are currently in the country.

Canada supporting Hong Kong residents with new immigration measures

Fri, 13 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Following the announcement of Canada’s 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada announced new immigration measures supporting both Hong Kong residents and Canadians in Hong Kong.

Immigration minister: Canada to expand PR pathways for students and workers

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 01:00:00 -0500

Canada's immigration minister is indicating more permanent residence pathways will be made available to talent residing in Canada.

Why more people will likely move to Canada from the U.S. following 2020 presidential election

Wed, 11 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Two major factors will likely see high levels of people continue to move to Canada from the U.S. following the November 2020 American elections.

How you can sponsor your partner for Canadian immigration

Tue, 10 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada is expediting the processing of spousal sponsorship applications until the end of this year.

ArriveCAN app now mandatory for travellers to Canada

Mon, 09 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Beginning November 21, anyone whose final destination is Canada will be required to submit their information electronically using the ArriveCAN application.

Ontario issues 726 invitations to Express Entry candidates

Sun, 08 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500

The Canadian province of Ontario has issued new invitations through the French-Speaking Skilled Worker and Skilled Trades streams.

Saskatchewan PNP draw invites 534 candidates

Sat, 07 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

The latest provincial draw in Saskatchewan was held on November 3.

Express Entry draw invites 4,500 immigration candidates

Fri, 06 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Canada invited 4,500 immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence in its latest Express Entry draw on November 5.

Immigrate to Canada from Nigeria

Thu, 05 Nov 2020 02:00:00 -0500

More Nigerians are moving to Canada to obtain permanent residents as skilled workers.

Why Canada will welcome over 400,000 immigrants per year

Wed, 04 Nov 2020 01:00:00 -0500

On Friday, Canada announced it will be targeting the highest level of immigration in its history.

IRCC explains why it missed an Express Entry draw

Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:30:00 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) missed its October 28, 2020 Express Entry draw due to recent changes it made to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

October was a busy month for Canada’s PNPs

Mon, 02 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0500

Canada’s provincial nominee programs (PNPs) continue to be very active across Canada.

Quebec increases immigration target in 2021

Sun, 01 Nov 2020 05:00:00 -0500

Quebec is targeting up to 47,500 immigrant arrivals in 2021.

Parents and Grandparents Program 2020 closes this Tuesday

Sat, 31 Oct 2020 06:00:00 -0400

You have until this Tuesday to submit your interest for the Parents and Grandparents Program 2020.

Canada to welcome over 1.2 million immigrants in the next three years

Fri, 30 Oct 2020 13:00:00 -0400

Details of Canada’s 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan have been announced.

Quebec announces details of new immigration programs

Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:00:00 -0400

The Quebec government has released details of the province’s new immigration pilot programs that are to be implemented in 2021.

How will the U.S. election affect skilled worker immigration to Canada?

Wed, 28 Oct 2020 06:00:00 -0400

The U.S. presidential election that takes place on November 3rd will impact skilled worker immigration to Canada.

Express Entry changes: French-speaking immigrants to receive additional points

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 17:00:00 -0400

Francophones and bilingual immigration candidates will now receive additional Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points under the Express Entry system, immigration minister Marco Mendicino announced today.

Big week ahead for Canadian immigration

Tue, 27 Oct 2020 02:00:00 -0400

This week will be a major one for Canada's immigration system for the following reasons.

New RNIP immigration stream in northern Ontario community

Mon, 26 Oct 2020 10:30:00 -0400

North Bay, a community in northern Ontario, has launched its Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) stream on October 21.

B.C. PNP invites 100 immigration candidates in latest draw

Sun, 25 Oct 2020 07:00:00 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited a total of 100 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Programmers and media developers invited in latest Nova Scotia PNP draw

Sat, 24 Oct 2020 07:00:00 -0400

Nova Scotia invited immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence, but did not disclose how many invitations were issued. The candidates were invited through the Nova Scotia Labour Market Priorities Stream.

Immigrate to Canada from the UAE

Fri, 23 Oct 2020 02:00:00 -0400

There are over 100 different permanent residence options available to immigrants in the United Arab Emirates, even during the coronavirus pandemic.

These Canadian colleges and universities can now welcome international students

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:30:00 -0400

Canada has announced which colleges and universities have been approved to welcome international students amid the coronavirus pandemic.

PEI invites 211 candidates in latest PNP draw

Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:30:00 -0400

Prince Edward Island released details for the province's latest Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) draw.

Why the PGP is important to Canadian society

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 10:30:00 -0400

The Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) not only helps Canadian citizens and permanent residents reunite with loved ones, but a strong economic case can also be made.

Largest Ever Express Entry Draw and more top news from this week

Mon, 19 Oct 2020 17:00:00 -0400

Here is a summary of the most important headlines from this week

Canadian immigration options you can pursue from the United States

Sun, 18 Oct 2020 06:00:00 -0400

Each year, over 10,000 people in the United States immigrate to Canada and obtain permanent residence.

Why October 2020 is a major month for Canadian immigration

Sat, 17 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0400

Two major events in October 2020 will shape Canada's immigration system for years to come.

Ontario Tech Draw invites 772 Express Entry candidates

Fri, 16 Oct 2020 13:00:00 -0400

The latest Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) draw invited 772 Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Express Entry immigrants perform well in Canada's job market

Thu, 15 Oct 2020 11:51:00 -0400

Immigrants arriving to Canada through Express Entry are performing better than Canadian-born workers and other immigrants. This is demonstrated in a new report by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Canada holds largest Express Entry draw ever

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 13:30:00 -0400

Canada's October 14, 2020 Express Entry draw was a record-breaker. A total of 4,500 invitations to apply for permanent residence were issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This is tied for the largest Express Entry draw ever, with the 4,500 ITAs that were issued in Canada's February 19, 2020 draw.

Now open: Canada's Parents and Grandparents Program 2020

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 08:25:00 -0400

The Parents and Grandparents Program 2020 is now open.

How extended family members can travel to Canada, and more news from this week

Tue, 13 Oct 2020 14:00:00 -0400

Here is a summary of the most important headlines from this week

Top Canadian Immigration News of this week: September 28 - October 5

Tue, 06 Oct 2020 03:00:00 -0400

Here’s a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

Top Canadian Immigration Stories of the Week: September 21-28

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 03:00:00 -0400

A summary of the most important headlines from this week

Top Canadian Immigration Stories of the Week: September 14-21

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 23:49:00 -0400

A summary of the most important headlines from this week

Top Canadian Immigration Stories of the Week: September 7-14

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 22:47:00 -0400

A summary of the most important headlines from this week

Top Canadian Immigration Stories of the Week: August 31 - September 7

Tue, 08 Sep 2020 20:03:00 -0400

A summary of the most important headlines from this week

Top Canadian Immigration Stories of the Week: August 24-31

Mon, 31 Aug 2020 21:21:32 -0400

A summary of the most important headlines from this week

Top Canadian Immigration Stories of the Week: August 17-24

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 23:26:45 -0400

A summary of the most important headlines from this week

Top Canadian Immigration Stories of the Week: August 10-17

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 23:20:11 -0400

A summary of the most important headlines from this week

Top Canadian immigration stories of the week: August 1-7

Fri, 07 Aug 2020 20:44:22 -0400

A summary of the most important headlines from this week

Here are the top Canadian immigration stories of the week

Fri, 31 Jul 2020 23:32:41 -0400

Here's a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

Week in Review: 17 July - 24 July

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 23:27:00 -0400

Here's a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

Week in Review: 10 July - 17 July

Fri, 17 Jul 2020 22:58:00 -0400

Here's a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

Week in Review: 3 July - 10 July

Fri, 10 Jul 2020 21:19:00 -0400

Here's a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

Week in Review: 26 June - 3 July

Fri, 03 Jul 2020 23:43:45 -0400

Here's a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

Express Entry 2019 Report Summary

Fri, 26 Jun 2020 23:25:15 -0400

The Express Entry year-end report for the year of 2019 was released by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), detailing some interesting findings.

Canada Needs Immigrants Now

Thu, 25 Jun 2020 22:19:00 -0400

Immigrants are needed to help the Canadian economy recover after coronavirus-induced economic decline.

Immigration minister says Canada is open after Trump freezes visas

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 23:15:20 -0400

Talented workers, executives and tech personnel are urged to choose Canada as their next destination.

CRS 400 enough for latest Ontario PNP draw

Thu, 18 Jun 2020 21:22:55 -0400

Ontario has issued 758 invitations to apply for provincial nomination for permanent residence on June 17.

CanadaVisa News Brief 10-17 June

Wed, 17 Jun 2020 23:04:00 -0400

Here's a summary of the most important headlines from this week.

Immigration growth anticipated post-coronavirus: IRCC to revamp application processing

Fri, 12 Jun 2020 23:25:17 -0400

Canada will revamp how they process immigration applications as the government prepares for an immigration surge post-pandemic.

June 8 Express Entry Draw: Candidates only need 437 CRS

Thu, 11 Jun 2020 20:13:37 -0400

Canada has just held an Express Entry draw inviting 3,559 candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Latest Express Entry draw: 341 candidates invited

Wed, 10 Jun 2020 21:36:01 -0400

Canada has just held an Express Entry draw inviting 341 candidates to apply for permanent residence.

Ontario issues 699 invites in latest PNP draw

Thu, 04 Jun 2020 23:12:54 -0400

Ontario has issued 699 invitations to apply for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates with work experience in one of nine occupations.

English Test Options to Study in Canada

Tue, 02 Jun 2020 22:18:41 -0400

This article is an overview of the English tests that are accepted by the majority of Canadian schools and universities.

Saskatchewan PNP: Province invites 252 in latest draw

Fri, 29 May 2020 21:25:13 -0400

Saskatchewan’s May 28 draw invited 252 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Major reforms to Quebec immigration; 2 new pilots introduced

Thu, 28 May 2020 23:51:40 -0400

The Quebec government announced major reforms to the Quebec Experience Program (QEP) and will launch two new pilots.

CRS score of 440 enough for latest Express Entry draw

Thu, 28 May 2020 18:14:57 -0400

The latest Express Entry draw on May 28 was the second in just 24 hours, issuing 3,515 invitations to apply for permanent residence.

Canada accepting incomplete study permit applications

Fri, 22 May 2020 21:57:13 -0400

International students who are missing documents for their study permit applications will not be refused if it is the result of coronavirus closures.

IELTS and CELPIP tests now available

Thu, 21 May 2020 22:28:21 -0400

Immigration candidates will now be able to book official language tests that are needed as part of their immigration application. Some test centres around the world are reopening after closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Canada now accepting Agri-Food Pilot applications

Mon, 18 May 2020 19:37:17 -0400

The Canadian government will begin accepting applications to the Agri-Food Pilot, immigration minister Marco Mendicino announced.

Canada holds 2nd Express Entry draw in 24 hours on May 15

Fri, 15 May 2020 19:44:26 -0400

Canada held its second Express Entry draw in 24 hours this morning, on May 15, 2020.

Express Entry: 529 PNP immigration candidates invited in May 14 draw

Thu, 14 May 2020 18:15:56 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 529 invitations to apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in its latest Express Entry draw, which took place on May 14, 2020. ITAs were only issued to Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates.

CRS for latest Ontario PNP tech draw drops again

Wed, 13 May 2020 22:10:14 -0400

The Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score cutoff was the lowest since Ontario's first tech draw in July 2019.

Temporary workers can now change employers in just 10 days

Wed, 13 May 2020 19:20:13 -0400

Ontario has provided details on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the provincial nomination applications.

Coronavirus: Ontario PNP updates

Tue, 12 May 2020 22:49:12 -0400

Ontario has provided details on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the provincial nomination applications.

Canadian tech companies still hiring amid coronavirus

Mon, 11 May 2020 20:06:25 -0400

The Canadian tech sector may play an influential role in Canada’s economic recovery once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Latest Express Entry draw: Lowest CRS score in one year

Mon, 04 May 2020 20:25:08 -0400

Canada has issued 3,311 invitations to apply for permanent residence in its latest Express Entry draw.

Canadian immigration news in brief: April 27 - April 30

Fri, 01 May 2020 00:17:17 -0400

A summary of the latest news in Canadian immigration.

Canadian immigration news in brief: April 21 - April 24

Fri, 24 Apr 2020 20:36:01 -0400

A summary of the latest news in Canadian immigration.

Canadian immigration news in brief: April 13 - April 20

Tue, 21 Apr 2020 18:54:00 -0400

A summary of the latest news in Canadian immigration.

Canadian immigration news in brief: April 3 – April 10

Fri, 10 Apr 2020 21:25:31 -0400

A summary of the latest news in Canadian immigration.

Canadian immigration news in brief: March 27 – April 3

Fri, 03 Apr 2020 23:06:51 -0400

A summary of the latest news in Canadian immigration.

Canadian immigration news in brief: March 20 - March 27

Sat, 28 Mar 2020 00:02:06 -0400

A summary of the latest news in Canadian immigration.

Canada holds two Express Entry within five days

Tue, 24 Mar 2020 19:04:02 -0400

Two new Express Entry draws occurred in less than a week.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held an Express Entry draw inviting 3,232 to apply for permanent residence yesterday, five days after sending out 668 invitations to candidates with provincial nominations last Friday.

Canada's March 4 Express Entry draw issues 3,900 invitations

Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:35:58 -0500

Canada issued 3,900 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in the March 4 Express Entry draw.

Tech Pilot draw for first BC PNP invitation round in March

Wed, 04 Mar 2020 23:36:43 -0500

British Columbia invited 80 immigration candidates with a job offer in the province’s technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Canadian immigration news in brief: Feb. 20 - Feb. 28

Wed, 04 Mar 2020 00:17:37 -0500

A summary of the latest news in Canadian immigration.

Canada holds the largest Express Entry draw ever on February 19

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:29:13 -0500

Canada issued more Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in the February 19 draw than it has in the history of the Express Entry application management system.

Canada holds the largest Express Entry draw ever on February 19

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:29:13 -0500

Canada issued more Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent residence in the February 19 draw than it has in the history of the Express Entry application management system.

British Columbia invites 168 candidates to apply for provincial nomination over two Tech Pilot draws

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:57:15 -0500

British Columbia held two Tech Pilot draws this month, inviting a total of 168 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

British Columbia invites 168 candidates to apply for provincial nomination over two Tech Pilot draws

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 23:57:15 -0500

British Columbia held two Tech Pilot draws this month, inviting a total of 168 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence.

Latest Express Entry draw issues 3,500 invitations to apply for permanent residence

Wed, 05 Feb 2020 20:25:35 -0500

A total of 3,500 Express Entry candidates received invitations to apply on February 5.

B.C. holds second Tech Pilot draw of 2020

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 18:15:58 -0500

British Columbia invited 58 immigration candidates with a job offer in the technology sector to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

Canada invites 3,400 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:10:55 -0500

Canada has issued 3,400 invitations to apply for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates.

B.C. issues 95 invitations in Tech Pilot and Entrepreneur draws

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:07:18 -0500

British Columbia invited 95 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on January 14, 2020.

B.C. issues 173 invitations in first draw of 2020

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 22:23:18 -0500

British Columbia issued its first invitations of the year to immigration candidates on January 7.

B.C. issues 173 invitations in first draw of 2020

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 22:23:18 -0500

British Columbia issued its first invitations of the year to immigration candidates on January 7.

Canada issues 3,400 invitations in first 2020 Express Entry draw

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:23:09 -0500

Canada has issued 3,400 invitations to apply for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates.

B.C. Tech Pilot draw issues 31 invitations

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 20:06:22 -0500

British Columbia invited 31 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on December 31.

BC PNP selects 52 in latest Tech Pilot draw

Tue, 24 Dec 2019 17:38:39 -0500

British Columbia’s latest Tech Pilot draw invited 52 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on December 23.

Canada invites 3,200 in final 2019 Express Entry draw

Thu, 19 Dec 2019 20:44:39 -0500

Canada issued 3,200 invitations in the last Express Entry draw of 2019.

Express Entry candidates, skilled workers, and entrepreneurs invited in B.C.’s largest draw of the year

Wed, 18 Dec 2019 18:20:07 -0500

British Columbia has issued invitations to qualified Express Entry candidates, skilled workers and entrepreneurs.

Canada issues 3,200 invitations to Express Entry candidates

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 19:10:42 -0500

Canada has sent out another 3,200 invitations to apply for permanent residence to Express Entry candidates.

Latest BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issues 53 invitations

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:25:40 -0500

British Columbia held its second Tech Pilot draw this month on December 10.

Saskatchewan holds last Entrepreneur Expression of Interest draw of the year

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 22:49:13 -0500

Saskatchewan invited 62 foreign entrepreneurs to apply to its immigrant nominee program in a new Expression of Interest (EOI) draw held December 5.

BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issues 63 invitations

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 23:46:32 -0500

British Columbia issued 63 new Tech Pilot invitations to Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates in a draw held December 3.

Ontario's latest draw invites entrepreneur candidates to apply

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 18:59:53 -0500

Ontario held a new draw for immigration candidates on December 2, inviting 16 foreign entrepreneurs to begin the application process.

Canada sends out 3,600 invitations to Express Entry candidates

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 19:13:15 -0500

The latest Express Entry draw turned up 3,600 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

B.C. sends out 355 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 18:05:08 -0500

British Columbia held another round of draws on November 26, issuing a grand total of 355 invitations.

November 19 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issues 56 invitations

Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:58:43 -0500

British Columbia invited 56 applicants to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through a Tech Pilot draw held on November 19, 2019.

November 19 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issues 56 invitations

Fri, 22 Nov 2019 19:58:43 -0500

British Columbia invited 56 applicants to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence through a Tech Pilot draw held on November 19, 2019.

Minimum CRS score decreases in latest Express Entry draw

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 23:48:30 -0500

Canada has issued another 3,600 invitations to apply for permanent residence to candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.

Latest British Columbia draws invite 432 candidates to apply for provincial nomination

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:25:52 -0500

British Columbia invited skilled workers and entrepreneurs to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in draws held November 12.

Saskatchewan postpones Entrepreneur EOI pool selection until December

Thu, 07 Nov 2019 19:08:31 -0500

Saskatchewan has postponed the Entrepreneur Immigration draw that was to take place today, November 7.

B.C. holds largest Tech Pilot draw since July

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 19:07:56 -0500

British Columbia sent out 67 invitations to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates to apply for a provincial nomination under the Tech Pilot program.

Canada invites another 3,900 candidates in October 30 Express Entry draw

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 18:29:54 -0400

Canada invited 3,900 federal Express Entry system candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the latest invitation round.

437 candidates invited in latest British Columbia draw

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 16:54:09 -0400

British Columbia held another invitation round this week, this time selecting entrepreneurs in addition to Express Entry candidates and skilled workers.

New BC Tech Pilot draw issues 62 invitations to Express Entry and Skills Immigration candidates

Thu, 24 Oct 2019 18:12:43 -0400

British Columbia issued new Tech Pilot invitations to Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates in a draw held October 22.

Canada invites 500 Federal Skilled Trades candidates to apply for permanent residence

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 17:30:16 -0400

Canada has issued 500 new invitations to apply for permanent residence status to Federal Skilled Trades Class candidates in a draw held October 16.

British Columbia invites 277 candidates in latest draw

Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:43:55 -0400

British Columbia held another invitation round on October 15, inviting 227 Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence.

71 invitations issued in new BC PNP Draws

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 23:26:27 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has issued new invitations under the Express Entry BC, Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur Immigration streams in new draws.

Changes to Canadian visa application centres affecting locations around the world

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 19:43:13 -0400

Canada will be opening, closing, and making changes at visa application centres (VACs) in the coming weeks.

Canada invites 3,900 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence

Fri, 04 Oct 2019 17:16:11 -0400

The Oct. 2 Express Entry draw was the largest selection round since January.

British Columbia invites 402 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates

Wed, 02 Oct 2019 20:55:13 -0400

British Columbia issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates.

Ontario holds new invitation round for entrepreneur candidates

Thu, 26 Sep 2019 18:36:56 -0400

Ontario invited 15 candidates with an expression of interest registered under its Entrepreneur Stream to apply in a draw held September 20.

British Columbia issues 65 Tech Pilot invitations

Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:42:34 -0400

British Columbia has issued new invitations to candidates in its Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams.

3,600 Express Entry candidates receive invitations in September 18 draw

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:28:48 -0400

Canada invited 3,600 federal Express Entry system candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new invitation round on September 18.

3,600 Express Entry candidates receive invitations in September 18 draw

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:28:48 -0400

Canada invited 3,600 federal Express Entry system candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new invitation round on September 18.

British Columbia’s latest Provincial Nominee Program draw issues 519 invitations to apply

Wed, 18 Sep 2019 19:45:42 -0400

British Columbia held its 36th draw of 2019, bringing the total number of ITAs issued up to 5,499 this year.

Saskatchewan invites 45 candidates to apply through the Entrepreneur program

Thu, 12 Sep 2019 21:51:10 -0400

On September 5 Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) held a draw inviting 45 Entrepreneur Category candidates to apply for a provincial nomination towards Canadian permanent residence.

September 10 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issues 57 invitations

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:47:19 -0400

British Columbia invited 57 Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held September 10.

September 10 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issues 57 invitations

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:47:19 -0400

British Columbia invited 57 Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held September 10.

September 4 Express Entry draw issues 3,600 invitations to apply for permanent residence

Thu, 05 Sep 2019 20:08:10 -0400

The Government of Canada invited 3,600 Express Entry candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new draw held September 4.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issues 546 ITAs

Wed, 04 Sep 2019 19:56:03 -0400

Five hundred and forty-six invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to skilled workers and international graduates in the latest British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draw, which took place on September 3, 2019.

August 27 BC PNP Tech Pilot draw issues 63 invitations

Wed, 28 Aug 2019 19:59:58 -0400

A new draw held August 27 through British Columbia’s Tech Pilot issued 63 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to eligible Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates.

Newfoundland and Labrador to hold four new Expression of Interest rounds for International Entrepreneurs

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:36:45 -0400

International entrepreneurs who wish to operate a business in Newfoundland and Labrador will have four more opportunities to submit an Expression of Interest in 2019.

Largest BC Draw ever invites 551 candidates

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:10:20 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued a total of 551 invitations to Skills Immigration, Express Entry and Entrepreneur candidates in a draw held on August 20, 2019.

Latest Express Entry Draw invites candidates with lowest minimum CRS score since May 1

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:28:30 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued 3,600 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with profiles in Canada's Express Entry system in a draw held on August 20th, 2019.

Latest Express Entry Draw invites candidates with lowest minimum CRS score since May 1

Tue, 20 Aug 2019 20:28:30 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued 3,600 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with profiles in Canada's Express Entry system in a draw held on August 20th, 2019.

Prince Edward Island’s latest draw issues Express Entry, Labour and Business invitations

Fri, 16 Aug 2019 23:43:24 -0400

The Government of Prince Edward Island sent out 143 invitations to Expression of Interest candidates in the Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories of its Provincial Nominee Program.

BC PNP issues 61 invitations in latest Tech Pilot draw

Thu, 15 Aug 2019 22:43:24 -0400

British Columbia invited 73 Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held July 16.

Latest Express Entry Draw invites 3,600 candidates with CRS of 466

Mon, 12 Aug 2019 20:22:17 -0400

Canada’s Express Entry draw invites candidates with CRS score as low as 466.

Citizenship ceremony marks reopening of Prince Edward Island immigration services office

Thu, 08 Aug 2019 17:59:57 -0400

The immigration services office in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is celebrating its reopening with a citizenship ceremony today. Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen was on site to mark the occasion.

BC issues 238 new invitations to graduates and workers

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 18:03:01 -0400

British Columbia invited 238 applicants through a provincial nominee program draw held on August 6, 2019.

Canada is funding over 800 initiatives to help newcomers settle across the country

Wed, 07 Aug 2019 17:47:49 -0400

Projects aimed at helping newcomers integrate into Canadian communities will receive support from the federal government.

AIDE receives $1.5 million in funding for pre-arrival services

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 19:17:46 -0400

Action interculturelles de développement et d’éducation (AIDE) has been selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as one of four regional partners to deliver pre-arrival services to French-speaking newcomers.

AIDE receives $1.5 million in funding for pre-arrival services

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 19:17:46 -0400

Action interculturelles de développement et d’éducation (AIDE) has been selected by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) as one of four regional partners to deliver pre-arrival services to French-speaking newcomers.

The BC PNP Regional Pilot enrolls more communities for Entrepreneur Immigration

Fri, 02 Aug 2019 18:43:46 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has announced the additions of new communities to its Entrepreneur Immigration - Regional Pilot program.

98 invitations issued to BC PNP Skills Immigration, Express Entry and Entrepreneur registrants

Wed, 31 Jul 2019 19:09:35 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued invitations to Skills Immigration, Express Entry and Entrepreneur candidates in draws held July 30.

Pakistani students can now obtain study permit in as little as 20 days

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 22:38:15 -0400

Students from Pakistan are now eligible for Canada’s Student Direct Stream.

New immigration program for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area

Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:45:58 -0400

Canada is providing a new pathway to permanent residence for 500 out-of-status immigrants working in construction in the Greater Toronto Area.

BC PNP draw held July 23 issues 191 invitations to apply

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:53:54 -0400

The Government of British Columbia issued 191 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) candidates in a new draw held July 23.

BC PNP draw held July 23 issues 191 invitations to apply

Thu, 25 Jul 2019 16:53:54 -0400

The Government of British Columbia issued 191 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) candidates in a new draw held July 23.

Two big changes announced for CELPIP test takers

Fri, 19 Jul 2019 21:58:36 -0400

Improved CELPIP policies have been implemented to better serve the interests of individuals looking to become permanent residents or citizens of Canada.

July 16 Tech Pilot draw invites 73 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 23:02:59 -0400

British Columbia invited 73 Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held July 16.

July 16 Tech Pilot draw invites 73 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 23:02:59 -0400

British Columbia invited 73 Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held July 16.

Newfoundland and Labrador hails another round of Expressions of Interest for International Entrepreneurs

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 21:24:44 -0400

Newfoundland and Labrador will open a new round of expressions of interest for its International Entrepreneurs category in August.

British Columbia invited 218 Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates in July 9 draw

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 20:49:13 -0400

The Government of British Columbia issued 218 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry BC (EEBC) candidates in a new draw held July 9.

B.C issues 42 invitations in July 2 Tech Pilot draw

Thu, 04 Jul 2019 21:51:43 -0400

British Columbia invited 42 Express Entry B.C candidates and Skills Immigration candidates with a minimum score of 90 to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held July 2.

BC Tech Pilot draw held June 25 issues 57 ITAs

Thu, 27 Jun 2019 21:16:44 -0400

British Columbia’s Provincial Nominee Program's Tech Pilot issued 57 Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held June 25.

B.C. PNP draw held June 18 issues 270 ITAs

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:53:59 -0400

British Columbia invited 270 immigration candidates in its Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry B.C (EEBC) streams to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held June 18, 2019.

B.C. PNP draw held June 18 issues 270 ITAs

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 17:53:00 -0400

British Columbia invited 270 immigration candidates in its Skills Immigration (SI) and Express Entry B.C (EEBC) streams to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held June 18, 2019.

Canada launches information campaign to help visa applicants from India

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 21:42:13 -0400

The Government of Canada has launched a new information campaign to help temporary resident visa applicants in India to navigate the application process.

June 11 BC Tech Pilot draw invites 57 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 18:48:25 -0400

British Columbia invited 57 Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held June 11.

June 11 BC Tech Pilot draw invites 57 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates

Wed, 12 Jun 2019 18:48:25 -0400

British Columbia invited 57 Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held June 11.

Applications to extend temporary status while inside Canada must now be made online

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 18:45:24 -0400

Foreign nationals present in Canada on temporary resident status who wish to extend their status must apply by electronic means only, unless otherwise specified, under a new update issued June 4.

IRCC updates sex or gender identifier options

Tue, 11 Jun 2019 17:44:58 -0400

Updates have been made to the instructions on establishing an applicant’s sex or gender identifier in a number of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada application systems.

B.C. PNP Draw Held June 4 issues 274 ITAs

Wed, 05 Jun 2019 17:58:00 -0400

British Columbia’s Provincial Nomination Program issued 274 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held on June 4, 2019.

New Tech Pilot draw invites B.C. immigration candidates

Wed, 29 May 2019 21:54:32 -0400

British Columbia invited 63 Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a new Tech Pilot draw held May 28.

British Columbia invites 234 Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates in May 21 draw

Fri, 24 May 2019 21:13:04 -0400

A new draw by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program held May 21 issued 234 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to immigration candidates in five Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. categories.

New Express Entry draw invites trades candidates with CRS scores as low as 332

Wed, 15 May 2019 21:45:18 -0400

The Canadian government has issued new invitations to apply for permanent residence to 500 Express Entry candidates in a draw held May 15.

B.C. issues 77 invitations in May 14 Tech Pilot draw

Wed, 15 May 2019 03:00:00 -0400

British Columbia invited 77 Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through its Tech Pilot in a draw held May 14.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot update allows open work permits for intermediate-skilled spouses

Fri, 10 May 2019 19:31:09 -0400

An update to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot will now allow intermediate-skilled spouses of principal applicants accepted under the program to apply for an open work permit.

British Columbia invites Express Entry, Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur candidates in May 7 draws

Wed, 08 May 2019 23:45:38 -0400

A new draw by the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program held May 7 issued 187 invitations to apply for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence to immigration candidates in five Skills Immigration and Express Entry B.C. categories.

Saskatchewan issues additional entrepreneur immigration invitations

Mon, 06 May 2019 23:22:21 -0400

In a May 2 round of invitations, the province of Saskatchewan issued 43 new invitations to apply to candidates in the SINP Entrepreneur Expression of Interest pool.

Student Direct Stream to process Canadian study permit applications in 20 days

Thu, 02 May 2019 19:13:06 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced a processing time standard of 20 calendar days for Student Direct Stream study permit applications submitted electronically by legal residents of China, India, Vietnam and Philippines.

Canada issues new Express Entry invitations to apply for permanent residence

Wed, 01 May 2019 20:38:32 -0400

The Canadian government has issued new invitations to apply for permanent residence to 3,350 Express Entry candidates in a draw held May 1.

New BC PNP Tech Pilot draw invites skilled workers and graduates

Wed, 01 May 2019 19:09:30 -0400

The Government of British Columbia invited 64 candidates in the latest BC PNP Tech Pilot invitation round held April 30.

Ontario pauses application intake for two Employer Job Offer streams

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:42:17 -0400

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will no longer be accepting new applications under the Employer Job Offer: International Student and Foreign Worker streams as of April 26, 2019.

New Manitoba Expression of Interest draw prioritizes skilled workers and graduates

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 18:49:00 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has issued 299 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to Expression of Interest candidates in a draw that took place on April 25.

British Columbia conducts new Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC draw

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 17:46:51 -0400

British Columbia invited 157 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a provincial draw held April 23.

New Express Entry draw invites 3,350 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 22:48:00 -0400

The Government of Canada issued 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence on April 17 to candidates with profiles in the federal Express Entry system.

Saskatchwan issues first occupation-specific EOI invitations

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:15:26 -0400

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program issued 324 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to International Skilled Worker candidates in the first occupation-specific draw since the program's Expression of Interest system was introduced last year.

British Columbia holds largest tech-only draw to date

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:55:35 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited 71 Tech Pilot candidates across five categories to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw held April 16.

April 9 British Columbia draw invites Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates

Wed, 10 Apr 2019 19:07:16 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited 142 immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence in a provincial draw that took place on April 9.

Ontario holds second round of entrepreneur immigration invitations of 2019

Mon, 08 Apr 2019 18:01:24 -0400

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program issued invitations to 22 entrepreneur candidates in the second invitation round of 2019 held April 5.

Saskatchewan adds 13 new occupational titles to In-Demand Occupation List

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 19:22:42 -0400

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced revisions to its In-Demand Occupation List, adding 13 new National Occupational Classifications (NOCs) including Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers.

Saskatchewan adds 13 new occupational titles to In-Demand Occupation List

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 19:22:42 -0400

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program announced revisions to its In-Demand Occupation List, adding 13 new National Occupational Classifications (NOCs) including Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers.

April 3 Express Entry draw issues 3,350 invitations to apply

Wed, 03 Apr 2019 23:05:09 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with profiles in Canada's Express Entry system in a draw held April 3.

April 2 BC Tech Pilot draw issues 26 invitations

Wed, 03 Apr 2019 16:48:25 -0400

British Columbia has issued new invitations to Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates through its Tech Pilot in a draw held April 2.

BC PNP invites immigrant entrepreneurs at lowest score ever

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 21:47:44 -0400

The Government of British Columbia issued new invitations to 23 Entrepreneur Immigration candidates with scores as low as 106 in a draw held March 26.

British Columbia invites 242 Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 17:29:48 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to immigration candidates registered under various categories of the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC Streams.

French-speaking Express Entry candidates invited in recent Nova Scotia draw

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 20:03:11 -0400

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program's Labour Market Priorities Stream prioritized French-speaking Express Entry candidates in a new invitation round that took place March 20.

IRCC invites 3,350 Express Entry candidates in the latest federal draw

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 20:02:40 -0400

The Government of Canada has issued 3,350 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates in the Express Entry pool in a draw held March 20.

BC PNP Tech Pilot invitations issued

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 18:19:29 -0400

A new draw through British Columbia's Tech Pilot held March 19 issued 37 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to eligible Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates.

Saskatchewan invites 39 entrepreneur candidates to apply

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 18:04:44 -0400

The province of Saskatchewan issued new invitations to immigrant entrepreneurs in a draw held March 7.

BC PNP issues Tech Pilot invitations to qualified registrants

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 17:40:41 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued a total of 35 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to eligible skilled workers and graduates through its Tech Pilot on March 12.

IRCC to renew local services on Prince Edward Island

Fri, 08 Mar 2019 18:36:02 -0500

Newcomers to the province of Prince Edward Island will soon have easier access to citizenship, immigration and settlement services with the reopening of an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada office on the island’s capital, Charlottetown.

BC holds new draw for Skills Immigration, Express Entry candidates

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 23:46:54 -0500

British Columbia issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates in a draw held March 5.

Canada invites 3,350 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 21:43:53 -0500

Canada invited 3,350 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence in a new draw that took place March 6.

BC PNP invites entrepreneur candidates

Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:22:00 -0500

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited 19 Entrepreneur Immigration candidates to submit a complete application to the program on February 27. The minimum score was 108.

BC invites additional Tech Pilot candidates

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 19:22:51 -0500

A total of 36 Skilled Worker and International Graduate Tech Pilot candidates were invited to apply for a provincial nomination for Canadian permanent residence on February 26.

Nova Scotia invites immigrant entrepreneurs to apply for approval letter

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 21:26:39 -0500

Nova Scotia invited 22 immigrant entrepreneur candidates to apply for provincial approval in a draw held February 19.

Canada introduces new permanent residence programs for caregivers

Tue, 26 Feb 2019 17:37:16 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is creating two new Canadian permanent residence programs — the Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker Pilots— which will provide facilitated access to permanent residence for foreign caregivers and eligible family members.

BC PNP invites more immigration candidates through Tech Pilot

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:48:17 -0500

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program's Tech Pilot invited 28 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on February 19.

Canada invites 3,350 candidates to immigrate to Canada in latest draw

Wed, 20 Feb 2019 19:46:47 -0500

The Government of Canada issued invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to 3,350 candidates on February 20.

British Columbia invites Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 01:22:56 -0500

British Columbia issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence on February 12 to candidates in a number of Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC categories.

Canada revamps Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for International Students

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 19:29:42 -0500

International students applying for a Post-Graduation Work Permit will now have six months to apply once they obtain their final marks and will no longer require a valid study permit.

B.C. issues new Tech Pilot invitations

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 19:45:51 -0500

British Columbia invited 32 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence through its Tech Pilot on February 5.

Workers, graduates and entrepreneurs issued invitations in latest BC PNP draw

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 22:32:40 -0500

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued invitations to apply to skilled workers, graduates and entrepreneurs on January 30.

IRCC issues record number of invitations in the month of January

Wed, 30 Jan 2019 19:54:05 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has now issued a total of 11,150 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the first month of 2019.

Sponsorship of Parents and Grandparents Program opens briefly to expressions of interest

Mon, 28 Jan 2019 20:45:19 -0500

Individuals looking to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents were able to submit their expressions of interests on January 28 during a brief reopening of the Interest to Sponsor Form.

Nova Scotia draws financial auditors and accountants from Express Entry pool

Fri, 25 Jan 2019 19:10:54 -0500

Nova Scotia has invited eligible financial auditors and accountants in the Express Entry pool to apply for a nomination for permanent residence through its Labour Market Priorities Stream.

BC PNP issues new Tech Pilot invitations to workers and international graduates

Thu, 24 Jan 2019 18:28:39 -0500

British Columbia issued invitations to apply for a provincial nomination under the BC PNP Tech Pilot on January 23.

CRS score drops in latest Express Entry invitation round

Wed, 23 Jan 2019 22:37:30 -0500

The Government of Canada issued 3,900 Invitations to Apply to Express Entry candidates with scores of 443 or above on January 23.

British Columbia invites more Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:12:47 -0500

The province of British Columbia issued 316 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates on January 16.

Canada updates settlement funds for 2019

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:34:37 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced updates to the proof of settlement funds required for skilled immigration through the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

Canada's Parents and Grandparents Sponsorship Program 2019 to reopen January 28

Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:54:26 -0500

Individuals looking to sponsor their parents and/or grandparents in 2019 may begin the process by submitting an Interest to Sponsor form on January 28 at NOON Eastern Standard Time.

Canada kicks off 2019 with 3,900 Express Entry invitations

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:23:51 -0500

The Government of Canada conducted its first Express Entry draw of 2019 on January 10, issuing 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with scores of 449 or above.

Saskatchewan invites 90 entrepreneur candidates to apply

Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:40:35 -0500

The province of Saskatchewan issued its first Entrepreneur invitations of 2019 on January 3.

BC issues first invitations of 2019

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:40:29 -0500

The province of British Columbia issued new invitations January 2 to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates.

B.C. issues new Skills Immigration and Express Entry invitations

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 20:28:28 -0500

British Columbia issued 268 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates in a draw held December 19.

IRCC sets new ITA record in latest Express Entry draw

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 20:40:04 -0500

The Government of Canada has set a new Express Entry record for the most invitations issued in a single year.

Quebec updates immigration application processing fees for 2019

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 23:30:00 -0500

New processing fees for immigration applications to Quebec for permanent and temporary stays will come into force on January 1, 2019.

BC issues new Tech Pilot and Entrepreneur invitations

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 03:00:00 -0500

British Columbia has issued new invitations to candidates in its Express Entry BC, Skills Immigration and Entrepreneur streams.

IRCC continues trend of 3,900 ITAs in December 12 Express Entry draw

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:00:10 -0500

The Government of Canada issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new Express Entry invitation round held December 12. The minimum score in this draw was 445.

IRCC continues trend of 3,900 ITAs in December 12 Express Entry draw

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 20:00:10 -0500

The Government of Canada issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new Express Entry invitation round held December 12. The minimum score in this draw was 445.

B.C. Government invites Express Entry and Skills Immigration candidates to apply for immigration

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 20:16:54 -0500

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has issued 387 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates.

The Government of Quebec releases its immigration plan for 2019

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 17:39:42 -0500

The province of Quebec released its Immigration Plan for 2019, which could welcome up to 42,000 new permanent residents to the province in the new year.

International Experience Canada (IEC) 2019 season now open

Tue, 04 Dec 2018 21:43:14 -0500

The International Experience Canada 2019 application cycle is now open to many countries and new organizations have been added to the list of recognized service providers supporting Canadian youth and youth overseas with mobility opportunities.

Alberta renews extension for Post-Graduate Work Permit applicants to Alberta Opportunity Stream

Fri, 30 Nov 2018 23:55:18 -0500

The Government of Alberta is extending a temporary transition period for applicants to the Alberta Opportunity Stream who hold a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

B.C. holds weekly Tech Pilot draw

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 18:42:03 -0500

The province of British Columbia issued new Tech Pilot invitations for a provincial nomination for permanent residence to candidates in four Express Entry and Skills Immigration categories on November 28.

New Brunswick reopens popular Express Entry Labour Market Stream

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 00:04:58 -0500

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program is now open for new Expressions of Interest from eligible foreign nationals who are currently living and working in New Brunswick.

IRCC Express Entry draw invites 3,900 new candidates to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence

Wed, 28 Nov 2018 20:29:32 -0500

Canada has issued 3,900 new invitations to apply for permanent residence status to Express Entry candidates in a draw held November 28.

Ontario issues new invitations to 15 immigrant entrepreneurs

Sat, 24 Nov 2018 00:34:12 -0500

The Government of Ontario has issued 15 invitations to apply to immigrant entrepreneurs in a draw announced November 23.

BC PNP issues new tech pilot invitations to international skilled workers and graduates

Fri, 23 Nov 2018 19:04:31 -0500

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has invited 41 candidates to apply in a new round of Tech Pilot invitations held November 21.

Saskatchewan issues 84 invitations to entrepreneur candidates

Fri, 23 Nov 2018 18:28:04 -0500

Saskatchewan issued 84 new invitations to candidates in its Entrepreneur category in a draw held November 21.

British Columbia set to launch new entrepreneur immigration pilot in 2019

Thu, 22 Nov 2018 22:58:03 -0500

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program is launching a new immigration pilot program to attract immigrant entrepreneurs to less populated regions of the province.

Quebec extends time frame for submitting an Expression of Interest through Arrima

Tue, 20 Nov 2018 19:08:47 -0500

The Quebec Ministry of Immigration is extending the time allowed for completing and submitting an Expression of Interest through the Arrima portal to 90 days.

Nova Scotia to reopen immigration category for Express Entry candidates without a job offer

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 20:20:51 -0500

The Nova Scotia Nominee Program announced on November 16 that it will accept up to 225 new applications under its popular Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Category B.

Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration candidates invited in the latest BC draw

Fri, 16 Nov 2018 18:14:26 -0500

The Government of British Columbia has invited 358 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a November 14 invitation round.

November 15 Express Entry Draw invites 3,900 candidates to apply for permanent residence

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:54:01 -0500

The Government of Canada issued 3,900 invitations to apply for permanent resident status in Canada to Express Entry candidates in a new draw held November 15.

November 15 Express Entry Draw invites 3,900 candidates to apply for permanent residence

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 19:54:01 -0500

The Government of Canada issued 3,900 invitations to apply for permanent resident status in Canada to Express Entry candidates in a new draw held November 15.

Manitoba invited more than 400 skilled workers to apply for a provincial nomination

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:59:16 -0500

The Government of Manitoba has issued a total of 469 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence to candidates in its Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas immigration streams on November 8.

British Columbia invites more tech-specialized skilled workers and graduates

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:17:43 -0500

New invitations to apply for a provincial nomination went out to eligible British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) Tech Pilot immigration candidates on November 7.

IRCC adds new designated language test option for proving language ability

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 01:11:45 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is now accepting the Test de connaissance du français pour le Canada (TCF Canada) as proof of French language ability for Canadian immigration applications, including programs managed by the federal Express Entry system.

Canada opens new Visa Application Centres to assist expanding biometrics program

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:34:35 -0500

The Government of Canada is opening new Visa Application Centres in various regions in preparation for December 31, when nationals from Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will be required to provide their biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) when applying to visit, work, study or settle in Canada.

Saskatchewan issues the highest number of invitations to apply to immigration candidates

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:15:57 -0400

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has issued 926 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to Express Entry and Occupation In-Demand candidates in a selection round held November 1.

BC PNP issues new invitations to skilled workers, graduates and entrepreneurs

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 17:15:35 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 494 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to candidates in its Express Entry, Skills Immigration, and Entrepreneur Immigration streams in invitation rounds held October 31.

Government of Canada extends immigration targets through 2021

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:25:44 -0400

The Government of Canada has unveiled its new multi-year immigration levels plan, which is set to welcome 1.3 million new permanent residents across various immigration categories by the end of 2021.

Federal Express Entry draw issues new invitations to apply for Canadian PR

Mon, 29 Oct 2018 22:52:24 -0400

The Government of Canada has issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a new Express Entry draw held Monday, October 29. The minimum score requirement was 442.

BC PNP selects Tech Pilot candidates to apply for a provincial nomination

Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:44:11 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 35 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination for permanent residence through its Tech Pilot on October 24.

Ontario issues new invitations to immigrant entrepreneur candidates

Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:38:42 -0400

The Government of Ontario has issued 18 invitations to apply to candidates in its Entrepreneur Stream in a draw held October 23.

Saudi nationals applying for Canada study permits may need additional proof of funds

Fri, 19 Oct 2018 16:49:09 -0400

Saudi Arabian nationals applying for a new study permit or study permit extension may require additional proof of funds, the Government of Canada has announced.

BC invites 472 Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates in largest draw of 2018

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 17:42:14 -0400

British Columbia has invited 472 Express Entry and Skills Immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination in a new invitation round held October 17.

New Brunswick Entrepreneurial Stream closes temporarily

Wed, 17 Oct 2018 17:03:22 -0400

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program has brought a temporary halt to Expressions of Interest for its Entrepreneurial Stream.

Manitoba issues 354 invitations to Skilled Worker Overseas and Skilled Worker in Manitoba candidates

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 23:01:10 -0400

Manitoba has issued 354 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to candidates in its Skilled Worker in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

Government of Canada issues 3,900 invitations to apply for permanent residence

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 19:05:28 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw that took place on Monday, October 15. The minimum score required was 440.

Saskatchewan conducts largest EOI draw with lowest minimum score to date

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 18:17:51 -0400

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program issued 853 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in the largest Expression of Interest draw to date, which took place on October 10.

British Columbia issues invitations to apply to tech pilot candidates

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:11:08 -0400

The province of British Columbia issued 24 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to BC PNP Tech Pilot candidates on October 10.

British Columbia PNP issues 351 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination

Thu, 04 Oct 2018 18:06:47 -0400

A total of 351 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC candidates on October 3.

New federal draw invites 3,900 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence

Wed, 03 Oct 2018 17:57:21 -0400

A total of 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence went out to candidates in the federal Express Entry pool on October 3. The minimum score required was 445.

Latest Manitoba Expression of Interest draw issues 392 invitations to apply

Mon, 01 Oct 2018 17:09:22 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program issued a total of 392 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to skilled workers in the province and overseas in an invitation round that took place September 28, 2018.

BC PNP prioritizes tech candidates in latest invitation round

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 18:13:37 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 28 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination on September 26 to British Columbia immigration candidates registered in the province's tech pilot program.

Ontario invites 16 entrepreneurs to apply

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:51:05 -0400

The Government of Ontario has issued 16 new invitations to apply to entrepreneurs in a draw held September 21.

Ontario invites 16 entrepreneurs to apply

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 18:51:05 -0400

The Government of Ontario has issued 16 new invitations to apply to entrepreneurs in a draw held September 21.

Saskatchewan issues 71 invitations to entrepreneurs

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:52:24 -0400

The province of Saskatchewan issued 71 new invitations to entrepreneurs in a draw held September 19.

Prince Edward Island invites Express Entry, Labour and Business candidates

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:50:13 -0400

The Government of Prince Edward Island issued 124 invitations to Expression of Interest candidates in the Express Entry, Labour Impact and Business Impact categories of its Provincial Nominee Program in an invitation round that took place on September 20, 2018.

Saskatchewan invites Occupations In-Demand candidates to apply for a provincial nomination

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 17:51:49 -0400

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program held an Expression of Interest draw to invite 140 International Skilled Worker candidates in the Occupations In-Demand sub-category on September 20, 2018.

BC PNP draw invites more skilled workers, graduates and entrepreneurs

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:41:51 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 427 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to candidates in the Skills Immigration, Express Entry BC and Entrepreneur Immigration streams in a draw that took place on September 19.

IRCC invites Express Entry candidates at CRS 441 in the latest federal draw

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:36:54 -0400

The Government of Canada invited 3,500 Express Entry candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 441 to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a draw held September 19.

MPNP conducts new EOI draw for skilled workers in Manitoba and overseas

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:47:58 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program issued 432 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in an Expression Of Interest in a draw held on September 14, 2018.

Canada Post labour negotiations may cause application processing delays

Fri, 14 Sep 2018 17:44:09 -0400

Labour negotiations at Canada's national postal service, Canada Post, may result in processing delays for Canadian immigration applications mailed within Canada.

First CELPIP test centre opens in India

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 18:39:42 -0400

The CELPIP English language test is now available in India.

BC PNP holds weekly tech-specific draw

Thu, 13 Sep 2018 16:55:15 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 32 invitations to apply for a British Columbia provincial nomination in the latest tech pilot draw that took place on September 12.

Prince Edward Island will shut down two entrepreneur immigration streams

Wed, 12 Sep 2018 21:14:57 -0400

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program will no longer accept applications from newcomers looking to establish a business in the province through two of its current business streams after September 20.

Government of Canada announces VAC service changes in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:11:49 -0400

Visa Application Centres in Asia, Asia Pacific and the Americas will require Canadian visa applicants to schedule an appointment to submit biometrics and pay extra fees for application submissions starting November 2, 2018.

Government of British Columbia invites Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC registrants

Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:55:29 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 397 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to registrants under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams in a draw that took place on September 5.

Government of Canada holds largest Express Entry draw of 2018

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 19:11:17 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada held the largest draw so far in 2018 on September 5 with 3,900 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool.

British Columbia conducts weekly Tech Pilot draw

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 17:26:05 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program's Tech Pilot program held its weekly draw on August 30, issuing 32 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination.

British Columbia issues Skills Immigration and Express Entry invitations

Thu, 23 Aug 2018 19:34:07 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited 323 candidates under Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams in the latest draw, which took place August 22.

Saskatchewan conducts first Express Entry EOI draw and updates list of occupations

Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:07:22 -0400

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has issued 466 invitations in its first Express Entry-linked Expression of Interest draw.

Canada holds second Express Entry draw in August with CRS 440

Wed, 22 Aug 2018 21:41:00 -0400

An Express Entry draw held August 22 invited 3,750 candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking Score of 440 to apply for a Canadian permanent residence.

Government of Canada increases quota for parents and grandparents sponsorship in 2019

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 21:38:53 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is replacing the randomized invitation process for its Parents and Grandparents Program and increasing the number of applications it will accept in 2019 to 20,000.

Skilled workers in Manitoba and overseas invited in latest EOI draw

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 16:38:34 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program issued 515 new Letters of Advice to Apply for a provincial nomination in a draw that took place on August 17.

Quebec set to launch new Expression of Interest portal, Arrima, in September

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 22:45:40 -0400

The Government of Quebec announced on August 17 that the new Expression of Interest portal, Arrima, will begin accepting profile submissions to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) in September 2018.

BC PNP Tech Pilot invites more candidates in tech-related occupations

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:03:48 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 44 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in its latest weekly tech-specific draw held on August 15.

Canada revamps processing times system for some Canadian permanent residence applications

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 23:12:46 -0400

The Government of Canada announced on August 9 that processing time estimates for some Canadian permanent residence applications will now be based on pending applications undergoing processing rather than historical data of applications processed in the past.

BC PNP invites Skills immigration and Express Entry BC candidates

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 21:24:39 -0400

A total of 405 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued this week to candidates under the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program in an invitation round that took place on August 8.

Nova Scotia Express Entry invites 314 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 22:40:36 -0400

The Government of Nova Scotia has issued 314 Letters of Interest to apply for a provincial nomination to Express Entry candidates who meet the eligibility and work experience requirements of its new Labour Market Priorities Stream.

Minimum CRS score for Express Entry drops to 440 for the second time in 2018

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:06:42 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued 3,750 invitations to apply for permanent residence status in an Express Entry draw that took place on August 8.

New Nova Scotia Express Entry stream will target early childhood educators in first draw

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 18:04:09 -0400

The Government of Nova Scotia introduced a new federal Express Entry-aligned stream August 2 that will target Express Entry candidates with work experience in specific occupations.

British Columbia issues new Tech Pilot invitations

Fri, 03 Aug 2018 01:21:41 -0400

British Columbia published the results of its weekly Tech Pilot draw August 1, which issued 31 invitations to qualified Skills Immigration and Express Entry candidates with job offers in the 29 key technology-related occupations.

British Columbia selects 400 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination

Thu, 26 Jul 2018 17:18:00 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has issued 400 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination certificate to skilled workers and graduates under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams.

Canada invites 3,750 Express Entry candidates to apply for permanent residence

Wed, 25 Jul 2018 20:03:14 -0400

The Government of Canada has issued 3,750 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the latest Express Entry draw that took place on July 25. Candidates invited had to meet the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score requirement of 441 points in order to receive an invitation.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invites skilled workers and graduates in tech jobs

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:08:46 -0400

Twenty-seven invitations to apply for a provincial nomination were issued to skilled workers and international graduates in the latest British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) tech pilot draw, which took place on July 18.

Saskatchewan invites 187 entrepreneur candidates to apply

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:19:59 -0400

The province of Saskatchewan issued invitations to apply to 187 candidates in its Entrepreneur Category in a draw held July 18.

Saskatchewan invites 187 entrepreneur candidates to apply

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:19:59 -0400

The province of Saskatchewan issued invitations to apply to 187 candidates in its Entrepreneur Category in a draw held July 18.

Quebec’s new Expression of Interest system will take effect August 2

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:51:43 -0400

The province of Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration provided more information Wednesday about its new Expression of Interest system, which will come into effect on August 2, 2018.

BC PNP issues 241 Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC invitations

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:40:23 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 241 new invitations for a provincial nomination to skilled workers and graduates under its Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams in a draw that took place on July 11.

Some students will now benefit from transition period for Alberta Opportunity Stream

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 23:32:25 -0400

The Government of Alberta has introduced a temporary transition period that it says will help specified student applicants adapt to its new List of Alberta Advanced Education Approved Post-Secondary Credentials.

Federal Express Entry Draw issues 3,750 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 19:45:19 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has issued 3,750 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the latest Express Entry draw held on July 11. The Comprehensive Ranking System score was 442.

Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand will move to an Expression of Interest System

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:48:52 -0400

The province of Saskatchewan will implement an Expression of Interest system for its popular Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand sub-categories beginning July 16.

Manitoba invites skilled workers and Express Entry candidates

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:06:09 -0400

Manitoba issued 555 new Letters of Advice to Apply for a provincial nomination on July 6 to candidates in its Expression of Interest pool.

Alberta reduces the number of occupations in its Refusal to Process LMIA List

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 18:56:55 -0400

The Government of Alberta has decreased the number of occupations considered ineligible for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to 24 occupations.

BC PNP issues invitations to candidates in key technology occupations

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:58:07 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 25 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in a tech pilot draw, which took place on July 4.

Canada to open new Visa Application Centres and services points to facilitate biometrics collection

Fri, 29 Jun 2018 21:40:56 -0400

The Government of Canada is opening new Visa Application Centres and service points in Europe, Africa and the Middle East to support the expansion of its biometrics program.

British Columbia invites candidates under Express Entry BC and Skills Immigration streams

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 19:12:52 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 183 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to skilled workers and graduates looking to immigrate to the province on June 27.

IRCC reduces Express Entry permanent residence application deadline to 60 days

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 18:01:39 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has changed the deadline to respond to an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence from 90 to 60 calendar days.

British Columbia invites more candidates with job offers in key tech occupations

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:17:26 -0400

British Columbia issued 26 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination through its tech pilot program in a draw that took place on June 20.

June 25 Express Entry draw sees minimum CRS drop to 442

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 17:07:28 -0400

The Government of Canada has issued 3,750 new invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence in an Express Entry draw held on June 25. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score was 442.

Manitoba invites 592 skilled workers to apply for a provincial nomination

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 22:06:24 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program issued 592 new Letters of Advice to Apply for a provincial nomination in a draw that took place on June 21.

PEI Provincial Nominee Program issues 135 invitations to apply for Canadian immigration

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:20:43 -0400

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program issued 135 new invitations to apply in its latest Expression of Interest draw that took place on June 21.

PEI Provincial Nominee Program issues 135 invitations to apply for Canadian immigration

Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:20:43 -0400

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program issued 135 new invitations to apply in its latest Expression of Interest draw that took place on June 21.

British Columbia invites workers, graduates and entrepreneurs to apply for immigration

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 16:57:34 -0400

The Government of British Columbia issued 177 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to skilled workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs looking to immigrate to the province in a draw that took place on June 13.

Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category reaches intake cap within hours

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 21:33:58 -0400

Saskatchewan's International Skilled Worker's Express Entry sub-category reopened for 400 new applications on June 13. The intake period was filled within hours and closed on the same day.

Federal Express Entry draw sees largest draw size in 2018

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 18:04:01 -0400

Canada's latest Express Entry draw has set a new record draw size for 2018 invitations to apply with 3,750 new invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence issued at a minimum comprehensive ranking score of 451.

IRCC introduces Student Direct Stream for faster Canadian study permit processing

Sat, 09 Jun 2018 00:04:49 -0400

The Government of Canada announced a new Student Direct Stream for faster processing of Canada study permit applications for applicants from China, India, Vietnam and Philippines.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invites candidates in tech-related fields

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 16:31:27 -0400

The Government of British Columbia issued 26 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination under its tech-focused pilot program in a draw that took place on June 6.

Romanian citizens with non-electronic passports now require Canadian visa

Tue, 05 Jun 2018 17:57:28 -0400

Starting today, June 5, only Romanian citizens who hold electronic passports are exempt from requiring a visa to travel or transit through Canada.

Canada's new medical inadmissibility rules now in effect

Mon, 04 Jun 2018 22:45:51 -0400

New rules governing the medical inadmissibility of immigration candidates are now in effect.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program invites more skilled workers to apply

Fri, 01 Jun 2018 17:33:39 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has issued 502 Letters of Advice to Apply for a provincial nomination in a new draw that took place on May 31.

British Columbia conducts new Skills Immigration and Express Entry draw

Thu, 31 May 2018 17:26:12 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued new invitations to 175 candidates in its Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories on May 30.

First program-specific Express Entry draw this year sees CRS cut-off drop to 288

Thu, 31 May 2018 00:38:18 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada invited 700 candidates from the Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence in a program-specific draw, which took place on May 30.

Canada ending visa requirement for UAE citizens

Tue, 29 May 2018 18:12:24 -0400

The visa requirement for United Arab Emirate citizens travelling to Canada for short stays will end on June 5, the Government of Canada has announced.

British Columbia continues to prioritize tech workers and graduates

Thu, 24 May 2018 16:48:13 -0400

British Columbia has issued 27 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in its latest Tech-focused draw, which took place on May 23.

May 23 Express Entry draw sees a decreased CRS cut-off

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:39:59 -0400

A new Express Entry draw has set a new low for 2018 with its minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score of 440. The May 23 draw issued 3,500 new Invitations to Apply, continuing a trend established over the previous three invitation rounds.

Manitoba opens Business Investor Stream

Fri, 18 May 2018 23:43:28 -0400

Manitoba's renewed Business Investor Stream has opened to new expressions of interest.

Prince Edward Island invites more Express Entry candidates

Fri, 18 May 2018 17:30:45 -0400

The Prince Edward Island Provincial Nominee Program (PEI PNP) has issued 78 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination under the Labour Impact and Express Entry Categories in a draw that took place on May 17.

British Columbia issues new Skills Immigration and Express Entry invitations

Thu, 17 May 2018 17:34:09 -0400

British Columbia has issued 186 invitations to candidates in its Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories in an invitation round held on May 16.

Ontario invites 10 new entrepreneurs under its dedicated immigration stream

Tue, 15 May 2018 00:05:12 -0400

The Government of Ontario has issued 10 new invitations to apply to entrepreneurs looking to settle permanently in the province.

Ontario invites 10 new entrepreneurs under its dedicated immigration stream

Tue, 15 May 2018 00:05:12 -0400

The Government of Ontario has issued 10 new invitations to apply to entrepreneurs looking to settle permanently in the province.

Manitoba issues 626 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination

Mon, 14 May 2018 17:50:32 -0400

The Canadian province of Manitoba has issued 626 new Letters of Advice to apply for a provincial nomination in the latest Expression of Interest draw, which took place on May 11.

BC issues new invitations to candidates in technology occupations

Fri, 11 May 2018 17:52:48 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program has invited 34 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination through its weekly Tech Pilot draw, which took place on May 9.

IRCC draws more candidates at lowest CRS score of 2018

Wed, 09 May 2018 18:46:45 -0400

The Government of Canada has issued 3,500 new Invitations to Apply for Canadian permanent residence to candidates in the Express Entry pool on May 9. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for the latest draw was 441.

Canada inks Youth Mobility Arrangement with Portugal

Thu, 03 May 2018 23:40:34 -0400

A new arrangement between Canada and Portugal will give people between the ages of 18 and 35 the opportunity to live and work in either country.

British Columbia invites 205 in May 2 invitation round

Thu, 03 May 2018 17:46:56 -0400

British Columbia has issued another 205 invitations to candidates in its Skills Immigration and Express Entry categories in an invitation round held on May 2.

IRCC warns of phone scam targeting immigrants and refugees in Toronto and Vancouver

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 18:01:02 -0400

Canada's Immigration Ministry is warning of a scam that is targeting members of the immigrant and refugee communities primarily in the Greater Toronto and Vancouver areas.

Popular Nova Scotia Express Entry category to reopen for 350 new candidates

Fri, 27 Apr 2018 18:32:33 -0400

The province of Nova Scotia says it will accept 350 new applications for its Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Canadian immigration stream on Saturday, April 28. The province also reduced the list of opportunity occupations from 16 to 11.

British Columbia issues 29 invitations through Tech Pilot

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 22:53:29 -0400

The province of British Columbia has issued 29 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination through its Tech Pilot in a draw that was held April 25.

April 25 Express Entry draw sees lowest CRS-cut off the year

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:23:54 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued 3,500 new Invitations to Apply for permanent residence to candidates in the Express Entry pool in a draw that took place on April 25. The minimum Comprehensive Ranking System score for the draw was 441.

IRCC warns of scam targeting international students

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:34:11 -0400

Canada's Immigration Ministry is warning of a scam targeting international students in Ottawa and London, Ontario.

Canada amends passports rules to address child safety concerns

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:35:52 -0400

The Government of Canada has amended the rules governing Canadian passports to address concerns for both the safety of children and passport misuse.

British Columbia invites 225 in latest draw

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:52:14 -0400

The province of British Columbia issued 225 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw that was held April 18.

British Columbia invites 225 in latest draw

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:52:14 -0400

The province of British Columbia issued 225 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in a draw that was held April 18.

Saskatchewan issues invitations to 231 entrepreneurs

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:05:11 -0400

The Government of Saskatchewan conducted a new draw for its Provincial Nominee Program's Entrepreneur Category on April 18, issuing invitations to 231 candidates in the province's Expression of Interest pool.

Ontario issues 13 Invitations to Apply through its Entrepreneur Stream

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:04:55 -0400

The province of Ontario has issued 13 invitations to apply under its Entrepreneur Stream.

Ontario issues 13 Invitations to Apply through its Entrepreneur Stream

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:04:55 -0400

The province of Ontario has issued 13 invitations to apply under its Entrepreneur Stream.

New Manitoba provincial draw invites 400 skilled workers to apply

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:19:14 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program has issued 400 Letters of Advice to apply for a provincial nomination in the latest draw, which took place on April 13.

Canada eases entry for foreign nationals working in the Performing arts industry

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 20:31:40 -0400

The Government of Canada announced that entry for foreign nationals in the performing arts industry will now be made easier as a new list of occupations in that industry may now be issued Labour Market Impact Assessment exempt work permits.

More skilled workers and graduates invited under BC tech-pilot

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:02:38 -0400

British Columbia issued 27 new invitations for a provincial nomination to skilled workers and graduates under the province's unique tech-pilot on April 11.

IRCC will require biometrics for most applicants starting July 31

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:36:02 -0400

The Government in Canada will require biometrics including fingerprints and a photo for the majority Canadian immigration applications as of July 31, 2018.

Largest Express Entry Draw this year invites 3,500 candidates

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 19:26:51 -0400

Canada invited 3,500 candidates from the Express Entry pool with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 444 in the most recent federal draw, which took place on April 11.

British Columbia reduces minimum scores in recent provincial draw

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:10:25 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program invited 326 skilled workers and graduates to apply for a provincial nomination in the latest draw that took place on April 4.

Entrepreneurs focus of Nova Scotia draws

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 20:20:12 -0400

A total of 23 entrepreneur candidates have been issued invitations to apply to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program in draws held March 27.

Ontario Masters Graduate stream reaches intake limit in under an hour

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 20:15:00 -0400

The Masters Graduate Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program reached its intake limit in less than an hour in the most recent intake period on April 5, 2018.

BC draw issues new invitations to tech workers and graduates

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:03:06 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program issued 58 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to skilled workers and graduates in the Information Technology (IT) sector.

IRCC Express Entry Draw sees 10-point drop in minimum CRS requirement

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:38:40 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,000 candidates from the Express Entry pool with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 446 in the latest federal draw, which took place on March 26.

IRCC Express Entry Draw sees 10-point drop in minimum CRS requirement

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 23:38:40 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 3,000 candidates from the Express Entry pool with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 446 in the latest federal draw, which took place on March 26.

BC Provincial Nominee Program continues to issue invitations to workers, graduates and entrepreneurs

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:08:57 -0400

In its latest provincial draw, which took place on March 21, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 146 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to skilled workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs interested in permanent settlement in the province.

PEI invites more Express Entry candidates in the second round of invitations this year

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:44:07 -0400

The Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) has issued invitations to apply to a total of 72 candidates under the Labour Impact and Express Entry Categories of the PEI Provincial Nominee Program.

Ontario invites 10 EOI candidates to apply under Entrepreneur Stream

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:52:07 -0400

The province of Ontario has issued 10 invitations to apply under its Entrepreneur Stream.

Ontario invites 10 EOI candidates to apply under Entrepreneur Stream

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 00:52:07 -0400

The province of Ontario has issued 10 invitations to apply under its Entrepreneur Stream.

Latest Manitoba EOI Draw invites the largest number of candidates under Express Entry pathway

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:39:57 -0400

Manitoba has invited a total of 638 skilled workers to apply for a provincial nomination in its 4th round of invitations in 2018, including 253 candidates in the Express Entry pool.

March 14 Express Entry draw issues 3,000 invitations

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:32:38 -0400

A total of 3,000 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 456 were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the fifth Express Entry draw of 2018, which took place on March 14.

British Columbia invites 339 more skilled workers and graduates in the latest draws

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:34:57 -0500

The Canadian province of British Columbia issued a total of 339 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in draws that took place February 28 and March 7.

Alberta introduces new appeal process for immigration application decisions

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 19:12:10 -0500

The province of Alberta has introduced a new appeal process for immigration candidates whose applications have been refused.

Quebec updates occupations covered by facilitated LMIA process

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:32:39 -0500

Quebec’s Immigration Ministry has released its updated list of occupations that are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment advertising requirement.

IRCC updates police certificates requirement for Express Entry

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:04:51 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated its instructions on police certificates for those applying for permanent residence through the federal Express Entry system.

Manitoba issues 473 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:25:30 -0500

The province of Manitoba has issued new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination to 473 candidates in its Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Workers Overseas streams.

BC issues 354 invitations in two latest draws

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:56:05 -0500

British Columbia has issued 354 new invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in draws that took place February 14 and 21.

Fourth Express Entry draw of 2018 invites an additional 3,000 candidates

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:12:58 -0500

The Government of Canada has invited another 3,000 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 442 to apply for Canadian permanent residence in its fourth Express Entry draw of 2018, which took place on February 21.

IRCC reduces fee for minors applying alone for Canadian citizenship

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:48:04 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced today that it is lowering the processing fee for minors applying for citizenship who do not have a Canadian parent or a permanent resident parent applying at the same time as them.

New IELTS Exam preparation app launched by British Council

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:49:54 -0500

A new mobile application is available to help test takers prepare for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) standardized exam.

Ontario's Human Capital Priorities Stream issues 488 new invitations

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:06:28 -0500

The Canadian province of Ontario has issued new invitations to a total of 488 candidates in the federal Express Entry pool.

Canadians facing revocation of their citizenship now have new rights

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 20:57:50 -0500

Changes to Canada’s citizenship laws are now in effect that give individuals facing the possible revocation of their citizenship new rights.

BC draws invite 383 skilled workers and graduates

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:47:13 -0500

The Canadian province of British Columbia has issued a total of 383 new invitations to candidates in a number of categories under its Skills Immigration Stream in draws that took place on January 31 and February 7.

IRCC invites 3,000 candidates in new Express Entry draw

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:00:26 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited a total of 3,000 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 442 to apply for Canadian permanent residence in its third Express Entry draw of 2018, which took place on February 7.

Ontario issues new Entrepreneur Stream invitations

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 22:51:59 -0500

The province of Ontario has issued 13 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination through its Entrepreneur Stream.

PEI updates application process for Express Entry, other immigration categories

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:32:00 -0500

The Canadian province of Prince Edward Island has revealed a new Expression of Interest system for foreign nationals interested in applying to its Provincial Nominee Program, including its Express Entry category.

Don't believe websites promoting a Canadian visa lottery application form

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:48:28 -0500

Online posts promoting news of a “Canadian Visa Lottery Application” are misleading and readers should not interact with them.

Ontario's Masters and PhD Graduate streams reopened for more applications

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:18:01 -0500

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reopened its Masters Graduate and PhD Graduate streams on January 29.

British Columbia invites 418 candidates in latest draws

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 19:02:29 -0500

The province of British Columbia has issued invitations to 403 candidates in its Skills Immigration Stream in draws that took place January 17 and January 24.

Latest Express Entry draw invites candidates at lower CRS cut-off

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:29:42 -0500

A total of 2,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 444 were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the first Express Entry draw of the year, which took place on January 24.

Saskatchewan invites 251 international entrepreneurs

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:15:52 -0500

The Government of Saskatchewan has conducted its first draw of 2018 for its Provincial Nominee Program's Entrepreneur Stream.

Manitoba's Express Entry Pathway issues its first invitations

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:18:39 -0500

Manitoba has invited a total of 291 skilled workers to apply for a provincial nomination in its first draw of 2018, including 155 Express Entry candidates.

British Columbia drops minimum scores in latest draws

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 19:01:04 -0500

The Canadian province of British Columbia issued a total of 340 invitations to apply for a provincial nomination in its first draws of 2018, which took place on January 3 and 10. In these draws, which included a tech-focused draw, the number of invitations increased and the cut-off score for four out of the five categories involved decreased.

First Express Entry draw in 2018 invites 2,750 more candidates

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:04:09 -0500

A total of 2,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 446 were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the first Express Entry draw of the year, which took place on January 10, 2018.

Saskatchewan reduces In-Demand Occupation List

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:00:01 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program has removed five more occupations from its In-Demand Occupation List.

Canada introduces slight increase to settlement funds required for skilled immigration

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 23:48:27 -0500

The Government of Canada has updated the settlement funds requirement for applications for skilled immigration to Canada. The proof of funds that changed has changed for applications to the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

British Columbia invites 292 more applicants in the last 2017 draw

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 23:37:17 -0500

A total of 292 invitations have been issued by the Canadian province of British Columbia in the last provincial draw of the year, which took place on December 20, 2017.

Manitoba issues 178 Letters of Advice to Apply in last 2017 draw

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:42:42 -0500

A total of 178 skilled workers were invited to apply for provincial nomination on December 29 through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Manitoba issues 178 Letters of Advice to Apply in last 2017 draw

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:42:42 -0500

A total of 178 skilled workers were invited to apply for provincial nomination on December 29 through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

IRCC to repeal controversial duration limit for temporary foreign workers

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 22:30:11 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has confirmed that it will repeal the cumulative duration regulation limit for temporary foreign workers next spring.

Newfoundland changes the Field of Study requirement for select international graduates

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:05:47 -0500

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has introduced changes that may help international graduates of Memorial University and College of the North Atlantic gain smoother access to Canadian immigration.

Dec. 20 Express Entry draw invites 2,750 more candidates to apply

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 18:31:20 -0500

A total of 2,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 446 were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the Dec. 20 Express Entry draw.

Alberta delays introduction of new nomination streams

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:27:37 -0500

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program is delaying the introduction of changes to its nomination streams that were planned for January.

BC issues 290 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:56:21 -0500

The Canadian province of British Columbia has issued 290 invitations to apply for provincial nomination in two draws that took place Dec. 6 and 13.

Latest Manitoba draw issues 254 invitations to apply for provincial nomination

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:30:54 -0500

A total of 254 skilled workers were invited on Dec.13 through the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream and Skilled Worker Overseas Stream under the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

December 6 Express Entry draw invites 2,750 candidates

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:30:44 -0500

In the Dec. 6. Express Entry draw, a total of 2,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 452 were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Romanians, Bulgarians flying to Canada must now apply for eTA

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 18:14:46 -0500

Romanian and Bulgarian citizens no longer need a Temporary Resident Visa to travel to Canada, as of 9 a.m. on December 1, 2017.

Latest BC draw invites 383 workers, graduates and entrepreneurs

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:45:06 -0500

The Government of British Columbia continues to invite workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs at low points thresholds in the most recent draws conducted on November 22 and November 29.

November 23 Manitoba draw invites 272 skilled workers to immigrate

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:41:03 -0500

A total of 272 skilled workers were invited through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) in a draw that took place on November 23. In this draw, workers were invited through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba and Skilled Worker Overseas streams.

IRCC updates country list for required medical examinations

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 20:32:43 -0500

The Government of Canada has updated its list of countries for which an immigration medical examination is required in order to apply for a temporary resident visa.

British Columbia Invites 379 More Workers and Graduates in the Latest Draw

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:47:00 -0500

British Columbia continues to invite more workers and international graduates at low points thresholds in the latest draws on November 8 and November 15.

Fourth Express Entry Draw in November 2017 Invites 2,750 Candidates

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:49:45 -0500

In the latest federal Express Entry draw, which took place on November 15, a total of 2,750 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 439 were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. This is the fourth Express Entry draw to take place in the month of November since Canada's Multi-Year Immigration Plan was announced by the federal government on November 1.

Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Introduces Changes for 2018

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:20:19 -0500

The government of Manitoba has announced changes to its provincial nominee program, some of which came into effect immediately on November 15, while other changes will come into effect in 2018.

Latest Express Entry Draw Invites 2,000 More Candidates to Apply for Permanent Residence

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 18:19:40 -0500

The latest Express Entry draw, which took place on November 8, invited a total of 2,000 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 458. This is the first draw to operate under a new 'tie-break' procedure whereby in the event that multiple candidates have tied CRS scores, profiles are ranked according to the date and time of submission of the profiles, with profiles that have been in the pool longer being prioritized for invitation over newer profiles. Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 458 or above at the time of the draw were possibly issued an Invitation To Apply (ITA) depending on the time their profile was created. Therefore, it is possible that not all candidates with a score of 458 were invited in this draw.

Ontario Opens Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream for new Applications, NOIs to Follow

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:39:55 -0400

Ontario is welcoming new applications under its Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities stream, part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The province also expects to begin issuing Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to eligible candidates in the Express Entry pool before the end of 2017.

October 31 Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Draw is Largest Ever

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 18:32:26 -0400

The latest draw for Saskatchewan's Entrepreneur stream, an important component of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), is the largest such draw to take place since the stream for more than two years.

British Columbia Draws Invite 353 Workers, International Graduates, and Entrepreneurs

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:52:58 -0400

The government of British Columbia continues to invite workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs at low points thresholds in the most recent draws conducted on October 25 and November 1.

November 1 Express Entry Draws Invite Provincial Nominee and Federal Skills Trade Candidates

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 19:20:59 -0400

The most recent Federal Express Entry draws, which took place on November 1, invited 795 candidates from the Express Entry pool to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Manitoba Invites 395 Skilled Workers to Immigrate in October 31 Draw

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:09:06 -0400

The province of Manitoba has invited a total of 395 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on October 31. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for immigration to Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen Comments on National Francophone Immigration Week

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:04:25 -0400

October 30 marks the first day of National Francophone Immigration Week in Canada, a week-long event created by the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne, or FCFA) and the Francophone Immigration Networks (Réseaux en immigration francophone, or RIF) to highlight Francophone immigration and diversity in Canada.

Ontario PhD Graduate Stream Reaches Intake Limit

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 17:50:28 -0400

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) announced on the morning of October 30 that the International PhD Graduate stream has reached its limit for the most recent intake period after opening on October 12.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Express Entry Accepting 1,000 More Applications

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:11:19 -0400

The International Skilled Worker - Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reopened for 1,000 new applications. This intake period, which started on October 26, comes nearly three months after the previous intake on July 27.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Express Entry Accepting 1,000 More Applications

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 20:11:19 -0400

The International Skilled Worker - Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reopened for 1,000 new applications. This intake period, which started on October 26, comes nearly three months after the previous intake on July 27.

Children Below 22 Years of Age Are Now Considered Dependents

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:58:10 -0400

As of October 24, 2017, the age definition of dependent children on Canadian immigration applications is raised to include dependents under the age of 22.

Latest British Columbia Draw Invites 345 More Workers And Graduates

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:30:00 -0400

In the latest British Columbia immigration draws, which took place on October 11 and 18, a total of 345 workers and international graduates received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Among the candidates who received an invitation to apply from the province were those invited under the BC PNP Tech Pilot.

October 18 Express Entry Draw Sees a Decrease in Minimum CRS Requirement

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:36:47 -0400

In the latest Express Entry draw, which took place on October 18, 2017, a total of 2,757 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 436 were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 436 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

October 18 Express Entry Draw Sees a Decrease in Minimum CRS Requirement

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 21:36:47 -0400

In the latest Express Entry draw, which took place on October 18, 2017, a total of 2,757 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 436 were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 436 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

Ontario Reopens Streams for International Masters and PhD Graduates

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:53:53 -0400

Two Canadian immigration streams through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), the International Masters Graduate Stream and International Students – PhD Graduate Stream, opened for eligible international graduates the morning of October 12. The International Masters Graduate Stream quickly reached its intake limit hours after opening. The PhD Graduate Stream remains open until further notice.

Express Entry Category in Nova Scotia Reaches Intake Limit

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 23:25:22 -0400

Category B of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry immigration stream — which reopened the morning of October 11 for up to 300 new applications — has reached its intake limit for this application intake period. This stream allows eligible Express Entry candidates with work experience in an eligible occupation to submit an application for a provincial nomination under the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

New Brunswick's Medicare is Now Available to International Students

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 22:12:29 -0400

The province of New Brunswick has announced that publicly-funded health care is now available for international students who are completing full-time studies in the province. The announcement was made on October 6 and the new measure will come into immediate effect.

British Columbia Continues to Invite Candidates at Low Thresholds

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:56:00 -0400

The trend of low points thresholds in immigration draws conducted by the government of British Columbia remains consistent, as more workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs received an invitation to apply for a provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) following the latest draws that took place on September 27 and October 4.

Latest Express Entry Draw Invites 2,801 Candidates to Settle in Canada

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 19:36:40 -0400

In the latest Express Entry draw, which took place on October 4, 2017, a total of 2,801 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 438 were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 438 or above at the time of the draw may now apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

Manitoba Invites 31 More Candidates to Apply for Business Immigration

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:47:58 -0400

The government of Manitoba issued 31 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) on September 29 under the Manitoba Business Stream (MPNP-B), part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Candidates invited to apply for immigration to Manitoba on this occasion had between 90 and 95 points under the unique MPNP-B points grid.

Manitoba Invites 349 Skilled Workers to Apply for Provincial Nomination

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 17:10:38 -0400

The province of Manitoba has invited 349 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on September 26. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for a provincial nomination through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). With a nomination, invited persons may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

Record New Low Points Thresholds in Latest BC Immigration Draw

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:07:00 -0400

The number of points required in order for eligible workers and international graduates to be invited to apply for provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has reached record new lows across multiple categories, following the latest draws that took place on September 13 and September 20.

September 20 Express Entry Draw Invites 2,871 Candidates to Immigrate to Canada

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:51:21 -0400

In the latest Express Entry draw, which took place on September 20, 2017, a total of 2,871 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 433 were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 433 or above at the time of the draw may now apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

Upfront Medicals no Longer Available for Family Class Applicants

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:58:25 -0400

Upfront medical examinations are no longer available for Family Class Canadian immigration applicants and remain available only to Express Entry applicants in the permanent residence lines of business.

Global Talent Stream Now Available in Quebec

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:52:29 -0400

The Global Talent Stream is now available to employers in the province of Quebec, allowing them to hire certain skilled foreign workers quickly with a two-week processing time standard for applications.

The Global Talent Stream, first introduced in June, is part of the government of Canada’s Global Skills Strategy, an initiative designed to facilitate access to uniquely specialized foreign workers in order to promote Canada's economic growth and job creation. It is also part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Ontario Corporate Immigration Stream Now Accepting Online Applications

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 23:28:22 -0400

The Corporate Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is now accepting applications online, making it easier for applicants to apply and improving processing times.

New Brunswick Opens Express Entry Category for Candidates in Priority Occupations

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:36:52 -0400

Express Entry candidates in certain priority occupations who have attended an information session hosted by the immigration authorities of New Brunswick may submit an application for an enhanced provincial nomination, but this option will only be available for a temporary period.

British Columbia Invites 381 Workers, Graduates, and Entrepreneurs to Immigrate

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:30:02 -0400

Various types of skilled workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs have been invited to submit an application to British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) following draws that took place on August 31 and September 6.

Interim Measure for Study Permit Processing no Longer Applies for Quebec DLIs

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 20:37:18 -0400

In light of provincial regulatory changes to the Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) program on June 30, 2017, the interim measure introduced to process a study permit application for a Quebec designated learning institution (DLI) no longer applies.

2,772 Invitations to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence Issued in September 6 Express Entry Draw

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:00:00 -0400

A total of 2,772 candidates have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the Express Entry draw which took place on September 6.

Twenty-Seven Candidates Invited to Apply to Manitoba Business Stream

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 19:37:05 -0400

The government of Manitoba issued 27 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) on September 1 under the Manitoba Business Stream (MPNP-B), part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Candidates invited to apply for immigration to Manitoba on this occasion had between 90 and 100 points under the unique MPNP-B points grid.

Canada Invests in New Student Work-Integrated Learning Program

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 21:36:14 -0400

The government of Canada is investing in a new student work-integrated learning program to help post-secondary students in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and business programs gain work experience and be better prepared for jobs in high-demand fields.

Ottawa Makes it Easier for Francophones to Work Outside Quebec

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 16:54:15 -0400

A change in the eligibility requirements for the Mobilité Francophone stream of the International Mobility Program will allow Canadian employers outside the province of Quebec to hire French-speaking workers more easily than before.

Points Requirement Decreases for Workers and Graduates in Latest BC Immigration Draw

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:05:59 -0400

The number of points required by candidates to apply for a provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has decreased across all categories managed under BC's unique Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

August 23 Express Entry Draw Invites 3,035 Candidates With a Minimum CRS Score of 434

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:01:36 -0400

A total of 3,035 candidates have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the Express Entry draw which took place on August 23.

The latest draw saw a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 434. Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 434 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

Three Canadian Cities Among Most Livable in the World

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:46:30 -0400

Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary are among the top five most livable cities in the world, according to The Economist magazine's Global Livability Report for 2017. The report ranks 140 cities based on their quality of life across five categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure.

Agriculture and Construction Workers Can Transition to Permanent Residence Through New Ontario Immigration Stream

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:50:40 -0400

Certain workers in the agriculture and construction sectors who have work experience in Ontario may be eligible for permanent resident status following the launch of the the Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream in Ontario.

Manitoba Invites Skilled Workers to Apply for Provincial Nomination in August 15 Draw

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:13:10 -0400

The province of Manitoba has invited a total of 443 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on August 15. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for immigration to Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Manitoba Invites Skilled Workers to Apply for Provincial Nomination in August 15 Draw

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 22:13:10 -0400

The province of Manitoba has invited a total of 443 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on August 15. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for immigration to Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Workers, Graduates, Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for Immigration to BC in Early August

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 21:14:22 -0400

A broad range of skilled workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs have been invited to submitted an application to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in early August, following draws that took place on August 2 and August 9, respectively.

Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand Intake Fills in 24 Hours

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:16:28 -0400

The International Skilled Worker - Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has closed for new applications, just one day after reopening for 1,200 new applications on August 9.

Through this 'base' SINP sub-category, which is not aligned with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system, eligible skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation can make an application for a provincial nomination certificate, which may then be followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants do not require a job offer.

Saskatchewan's International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category Reopens to Accept 1,200 new Applications

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 22:52:17 -0400

A popular immigration category is now accepting 1,200 new applications as of August 9. The International Skilled Worker - Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) allows skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan to make an application for a provincial nomination certificate, which may then be followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants do not require a job offer in order to make an application.

Latest Express Entry Draw Invites 2,991 Candidates With a Minimum CRS Score of 433

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:15:06 -0400

A total of 2,991 candidates have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the second Express Entry draw to occur in August, 2017.

The latest draw, which took place on August 9, saw a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score requirement of 433. Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 433 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status. The latest draw took place a week after the first draw of August, which happened on August 2.

Canada Announces $10 Million Scholarship Program to Support Southeast Asia Education Exchange

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 23:01:05 -0400

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, has announced that Canada will invest CAD $10 million over a five-year period to provide post-secondary students and mid-career professionals from Southeast Asia access to world-class education in Canada.

Manitoba Invited 40 Candidates to Apply to Business Immigration Stream in July

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 17:15:38 -0400

Manitoba issued 40 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) in July, 2017 under the Manitoba Business Stream (MPNP-B), part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Candidates invited to apply for immigration to Manitoba on this occasion had between 89 and 97 points under the unique MPNP-B points grid.

August 2 Express Entry Draw Invites 3,264 Candidates With a Minimum 441 Score

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 03:00:00 -0400

A total of 3,264 candidates have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the first Express Entry draw to occur in August, 2017. The latest draw, which took place on August 2, saw a minimumComprehensive Ranking System (CRS)score requirement of 441. Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 441 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

Start-Up Visa Program to Become a Regular Feature of Canada's Immigration Landscape

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:43:16 -0400

The government of Canada has announced that the Start-Up Visa program, a pathway to Canadian permanent residence for entrepreneurs launching a company in Canada, will become a regular feature of Canada's immigration landscape in 2018.

In the months ahead, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will work to finalize regulations for the permanent program in order to have a seamless transition when the current pilot expires on March 31, 2018.

Latest BC Immigration Draws Invite Graduates and Workers, Including Tech Workers

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 18:47:20 -0400

British Columbia issued a total of 357 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in draws that took place on July 19 and July 26. The latter draw was a 'tech-only' draw, a new initiative started by BC in May. Non-tech workers and graduates may have been invited to apply on July 19.

Liberals Set to Overhaul Guide for Canada’s Citizenship Exam

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:50:46 -0400

A draft version of a new study guide for the Canadian Citizenship exam shows that the government plans on overhauling the book used by prospective Canadians in preparation for the exam.

Ontario Pauses Intake for Popular Human Capital Priorities Stream

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:08:48 -0400

The government of Ontario has placed a hold on intake for the Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) following a recent surge in applications.

July 19 Draw for Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Stream Has Joint-Lowest Points Requirement Ever

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:24:00 -0400

The latest draw for Saskatchewan's Entrepreneur stream, an important component of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), has resulted in 98 international entrepreneurs being invited to apply to the program. Candidates in the unique 'Expression of Interest' pool for this program who had 80 or more points on July 19 were invited to apply. This cut-off threshold is the joint-lowest in the history of the program.

July 19 Draw for Saskatchewan Entrepreneur Stream Has Joint-Lowest Points Requirement Ever

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:24:00 -0400

The latest draw for Saskatchewan's Entrepreneur stream, an important component of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), has resulted in 98 international entrepreneurs being invited to apply to the program. Candidates in the unique 'Expression of Interest' pool for this program who had 80 or more points on July 19 were invited to apply. This cut-off threshold is the joint-lowest in the history of the program.

Ontario Now Accepting Employer Job Offer Stream Applications Under the OINP Program

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:09:33 -0400

On July 20, the government of Ontario announced that applications for the Employer Job Offer Stream - Foreign Worker and International Students are now being accepted.

Ontario Issues Immigration Fraud Warning

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:38:16 -0400

The government of Ontario has cautioned applicants to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) that some people have received emails claiming to be sent by the OINP. In these emails, the receiver is sent a false Ontario Certificate of Nomination and is asked to pay a “Right of Permanent Residence Fee.”

The First Express Entry Draw of July 2017 Invites 3,202 Candidates to Immigrate to Canada

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 22:54:58 -0400

A total of 3,202 candidates have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the second Express Entry draw to occur since recent changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) were introduced on June 6, 2017. The latest draw, which took place on July 12, 2017, saw a minimum CRS score requirement of 440. Consequently, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 440 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

Manitoba Invites 494 Skilled Workers to Immigrate in July 11 Draw

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:55:44 -0400

The province of Manitoba has invited a total of 494 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on July 11. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for immigration to Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Manitoba Invites 494 Skilled Workers to Immigrate in July 11 Draw

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:55:44 -0400

The province of Manitoba has invited a total of 494 skilled workers to settle in the province as permanent residents in a draw that took place on July 11. These candidates, plus their family members, are now in a position to apply for immigration to Manitoba through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Canada Allows Russians to Stave Off Deportation Under Revised Policy

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 21:37:25 -0400

Following reports of violence against members of the LGBTQ community in Chechnya, the government of Canada has implemented a policy whereby failed asylum seekers from Russia may be able to remain in Canada.

Manitoba Invites 90 Applicants to Apply Under Business Immigration Stream

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:35:37 -0400

Manitoba issued 90 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) between May 2017 and June 2017 under the Manitoba Business Stream (MPNP-B), part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).

Northwest Territories Unveils New Immigration Strategy

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 19:22:17 -0400

Up to 36,700 job positions will open up over the next 15 years in the Northwest Territories (NWT), and the NWT government is looking internationally to make sure that the territory continues to build a vibrant economy.

According to the government's Northwest Territories Immigration Strategy 2017-2022: Building a Skilled Workforce and a Vibrant Economy, 78 percent of these positions will typically require some form of post-secondary education and/or extensive work experience and seniority.

Ontario Releases List of Targeted Information and Communications Technology Occupations for Express Entry Stream

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 21:52:40 -0400

On July 4, the government of Ontario released the list of targeted Information and Communications Technology (ICT) occupations that were recently prioritized under the province’s Express Entry-aligned Human Capital Priorities Stream.

This stream is part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

Latest Express Entry Draw Invites 3,409 Candidates to Immigrate to Canada

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 18:52:05 -0400

A total of 3,409 candidates have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in the first Express Entry draw to occur since recent changes to the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) were introduced on June 6, 2017. The latest draw, which took place on June 28, 2017, saw a minimum CRS score requirement of 449. Consequently, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 449 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status.

Ontario Now Publishing Estimated Processing Times for Immigration Streams

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:06:00 -0400

The government of Ontario, Canada's most popular destination province for newcomers, is now publishing information on estimated processing times for streams within the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), one of Canada's Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs).

Previously, this information was not publicly available.

Bill C-6 Passes, Allowing Quicker Transition to Canadian Citizenship for Immigrants

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:42:38 -0400

Bill C-6, an act amending the Canadian Citizenship Act, has officially passed into law, placing current and future immigrants to Canada on a faster pathway to one of the world’s most desired citizenships.

C-6 received parliamentary Royal Assent in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, on the evening of June 19, 2017.

Manitoba Invites 605 Candidates to Apply for Immigration in Latest Two Draws

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:34:53 -0400

A total of 605 skilled workers in Manitoba and overseas have been invited to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) in the province's two latest draws, which followed each other in quick succession. On May 30, a total of 401 candidates who had previously made a formal Expression of Interest in settling in Manitoba as a skilled worker were invited to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate to the MPNP. This draw was followed by another on June 16, in which a further 204 candidates were invited to apply. Prior to these two draws, the MPNP had not invited skilled workers through the two sub-categories included in this draw since March 30.

These candidates are now in a position to apply for provincial nomination. Successful candidates may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

Employer Job Offer Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Reaches Intake Limit

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:27:23 -0400

The Employer Job Offer stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has reached its intake limit, and is no longer receiving applications. Ontario's Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration has stated that 'The OINP is monitoring the intake of applications with respect to the limits of Ontario’s federal nomination allocation, and will determine if any more applications can be accepted for this stream in the months ahead.'

Global Talent Stream Launches, Expediting Work Permit Processing for In-Demand Foreign Workers

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:34:36 -0400

A new pilot program has launched, introducing two-week processing times for work permit applications for certain highly-skilled foreign workers. The Global Talent Stream (GTS) is part of the Canadian government’s Global Skills Strategy, an initiative designed to facilitate access to uniquely specialized foreign workers in order to promote Canada's economic growth and job creation. It is also part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

IRCC Now Ranking Candidates in Express Entry Pool with Tied CRS Scores by Time of Profile Submission

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:44:47 -0400

The Express Entry system is now able to rank candidates in the Express Entry pool with tied scores under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) according to the date and time they submitted their profile. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced this feature, along with other changes to the CRS, on June 6, 2017.

BC Invites 346 Workers and International Graduates in June 7 Draw

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:19:48 -0400

A total of 346 workers and international graduates are now in a position to apply for provincial nomination after the latest draw of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), which took place on June 7, 2017. Invitations to apply (ITAs) have been issued to candidates in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Successful applicants for provincial nomination receive a provincial nomination certificate, and may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.

Candidates with Siblings in Canada, French Speakers in Line for Additional Points After Latest Express Entry Changes

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:48:00 -0400

Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system, designed to welcome skilled workers from around the world quickly and simply, will reward candidates who can prove that they or their spouse or common-law partner have a sibling living in Canada. Candidates with French ability will also benefit from changes brought into effect on June 6, 2017.

Third Express Entry Draw in One Week Invites Candidates with CRS Scores of 413 or Above

Wed, 31 May 2017 17:29:31 -0400

A total of 3,877 candidates in the Express Entry pool have received an Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the latest draw, conducted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on May 31, 2017. Candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 413 or above are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status, representing the lowest-ever CRS requirement for candidates in the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC). This draw follows just five days after two previous Express Entry draws, which took place simultaneously on May 26 and were restricted to the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) and provincial nominees respectively.

Quebec Immigration Investor Program Reopens

Tue, 30 May 2017 22:09:59 -0400

The popular Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) has reopened for up to 1,900 new applications, as of May 29, 2017. The QIIP is Canada's only currently available passive investor immigration program, and throughout the years it has proven popular — the intake is expected to fill before the scheduled end date of the application cycle, February 23, 2018.

A maximum of 1,330 applications may be accepted for processing from nationals of the People's Republic of China, including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

Trades and Provincial Nominee Candidates Invited to Apply in May 26 Express Entry Draw

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:45:02 -0400

The latest draw from Canada's Express Entry pool has seen 543 candidates invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence. In a move that has not yet been seen in the history of the Express Entry system, two groups of candidates were singled out to receive Invitations to Apply (ITAs). In addition, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) established two different minimum scores under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). A total of 400 candidates in the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC) with a minimum CRS score of 199, and 143 candidates with a provincial nomination and a minimum CRS score of 775, were issued ITAs, and are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence.

Latest BC Draw Invites 365 Workers and Graduates to Apply to Immigrate

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:29:49 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has invited 365 candidates to apply for a provincial nomination certificate in its latest immigration draw, which took place on May 24, 2017. A range of workers and international graduates in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) are now in a position to apply for a provincial nomination certificate, with which they may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.

Saskatchewan Invites 142 Candidates for Entrepreneur Program, Plans Future Draws

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:02:51 -0400

Saskatchewan has conducted the largest ever draw for the Entrepreneur stream of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), with 142 international entrepreneurs having been invited to apply to the program following the May 24, 2017 draw. Another new record was set in this draw, as the points threshold required for a candidate to be invited to apply reached its lowest ever cut-off point of 80.

Ontario International PhD Graduate Stream Reaches Intake Limit

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:41:00 -0400

The International PhD Graduate stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has reached its intake limit for the most recent intake period. This stream of the OINP, which targets international graduates of PhD programs in the province, opened on May 1, 2017.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Intake Quota

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:46:18 -0400

The International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reached its intake quota of 600 new applications for the most recent application intake cycle, which began on May 16. This intake cycle was the longest for some time, as the sub-category has often reached its intake within a couple of days, or even shorter, on previous occasions.

May 17 Express Entry Draw sees Joint-Lowest Minimum CRS Requirement at 415

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:38:00 -0400

The latest Express Entry draw, which took place on May 17, 2017, saw Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent resident status issued to 3,687 candidates in the Express Entry pool with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 415 or above. This is the second time the minimum CRS requirement has dropped to 415, the lowest minimum requirement yet since the system was introduced in January, 2015.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Category Opens for 600 New Applications

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:34:06 -0400

For the first time in over three months, Saskatchewan has reopened its popular International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Up to 600 new applications will be accepted during this intake. In reopening this sub-category, Saskatchewan offers eligible candidates in the federal Express Entry pool a way of obtaining an enhanced provincial nomination certificate.

BC Invites 364 Workers and Graduates to Apply for Provincial Nomination

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:34:00 -0400

On May 10, 2017, the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) invited 364 workers and graduates to apply for a provincial nomination certificate. This represents an increase of 77 percent in the number of candidates invited in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), compared to the previous draw on April 19. These individuals have received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) from BC and are now in a position to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate, with which they may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.

Nova Scotia Office of Immigration Resumes Online Application Services

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:22:56 -0400

As of May 10, 2017, the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration has resumed receiving online applications to the Nova Scotia Skilled Worker and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry streams of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). On May 9, all online application services of the NSNP were unavailable. While service has resumed for the Skilled Worker and Experience: Express Entry streams, no further applications are being received for the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream.

Nova Scotia Pauses Access to Online Immigration Application Services

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:12:15 -0400

On May 9, 2017, Nova Scotia's Office of Immigration updated its website to state that 'Currently all Nova Scotia Immigration applications associated with Nova Scotia’s online service are unavailable.' This announcement comes the day after technical issues with the online intake system triggered a pause on the intake of applications to the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream, part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP).

Ontario to Issue Express Entry Notifications of Interest on Weekly Basis

Fri, 05 May 2017 23:57:08 -0400

The government of Ontario will issue Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates who are eligible for Ontario’s Express Entry Human Capital Priorities (HCP) stream on a weekly basis. This stream is part of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP).

3,796 Invitations to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence Issued in May 4 Express Entry Draw

Thu, 04 May 2017 18:28:43 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citzenship Canada (IRCC) has issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to 3,796 candidates in the Express Entry pool in its latest draw, which took place on May 4, 2017. Candidates in the pool with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 423 or above at the time of the draw are now in a position to apply for Canadian permanent resident status. Although the minimum required CRS score was slightly higher than that of the previous draw, which took place on April 19, a greater number of ITAs were issued this time around.

Maximum Age of Dependent Children to be Raised to 21 and Under

Wed, 03 May 2017 20:10:33 -0400

As of October 24, 2017, the maximum age of dependent children who may be included in an application for immigration to Canada will rise to include children under the age of 22, who are not themselves married or in a common-law relationship. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) confirmed the change in its official Gazette of May 3, 2017. Currently, the definition of a dependent child covers children under the age of 19 — a regulation that the Canadian government has criticized for being 'too restrictive'.

Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry to Reopen 'In the Coming Weeks' With New Occupations List

Tue, 02 May 2017 23:47:16 -0400

Nova Scotia has released a new list of target 'opportunity' occupations for its Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry Canadian immigration stream, part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). Of the 16 occupations on the updated list, eight are new, with the remaining eight having also been on the previous list.

Eligible Brazilians, Bulgarians, Romanians Now Able to Fly to Canada Without a Visa

Tue, 02 May 2017 18:35:33 -0400

Certain citizens of Brazil, Bulgaria, and Romania are now able to fly to Canada without first obtaining a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV, also known as a visitor visa). Instead, these individuals must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), a quicker and cheaper process, before boarding their flight.

Intake Limit Reached for Ontario's International Masters Graduate Stream

Tue, 02 May 2017 17:12:00 -0400

https://craftdemo2.canadavisadev.com/administrator/entries/news/9098-intake-limit-reached-ontario-international-masters-graduate-stream?site=default#The International Masters Graduate stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) reached its intake limit the same day that it opened, on May 1, 2017. The International PhD Graduate stream, which also opened on May 1, remains open.

Ontario Resumes Accepting Applications for Masters and PhD Graduate Streams

Mon, 01 May 2017 23:22:00 -0400

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has again begun accepting applications to the International Masters Graduate and International PhD Graduate streams. This represents the second time in 2017 that these two streams have opened to receive applications. Both streams are popular with international graduates, and offers a route to Canadian permanent residence for eligible individuals.

Canada Removes Conditional Permanent Residence Provision

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:04:00 -0400

Sponsored spouses and common-law partners will no longer pass through a period of conditional permanent resident status, after the Liberal government of Canada, as expected, removed the provision, which was first introduced in 2012 by the previous Conservative government.

Foreign Workers in New Brunswick May Now Apply to Express Entry Labour Market Stream

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:58:19 -0400

Foreign workers currently employed in the province of New Brunswick have a fresh opportunity to obtain Canadian permanent residence, after the provincial government reopened its Express Entry Labour Market stream (EELMS) to these workers only. This enhanced Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream is part of the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP), through which the province welcomes new permanent residents who can settle quickly.

Nova Scotia Reports on 'Remarkable Year' for Immigration to the Province

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 23:40:07 -0400

Nova Scotia welcomed nearly 5,500 new immigrants in 2016, more than at any time in the last seven decades. The province's Minister of Immigration, Lena Diab, stated in the provincial legislature that the results show that Nova Scotia is well on the way to achieving its goal of welcoming 7,000 immigrants per year by 2024.

Ontario Targeting New Religious Worker Immigrants

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:50:44 -0400

In a surprising update, the government of Ontario has announced that over the next week it will be issuing targeted Notifications of Interest (NOIs) to Express Entry candidates who work in one of many religious occupations. The province states that the move aims 'to improve the responsiveness of the program to labour market demands.'

Sponsors Have Until July 24 to Apply to Parent and Grandparent Program

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:51:23 -0400

Sponsors lucky enough to be invited to submit an application to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparents(s) for immigration to Canada have a deadline of July 24 to submit a complete application, including supporting documents.

The deadline looms for the 10,000 sponsors selected at random by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) earlier this week under the Parent And Grandparent Program (PGP).

Alberta Prohibits Use of Temporary Foreign Worker Program for 29 Skilled Occupations

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:42:10 -0400

The government of Alberta, with federal approval, has launched an Employer Liaison Service that aims to match open job positions with qualified local workers. As part of this two-year pilot program, Albertan companies will not be allowed to avail of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) when hiring in any of 29 high-skilled occupations.

222 Workers, Graduates and Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply in Latest BC Draw

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:14:14 -0400

A total of 222 workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs have been invited to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in the province's latest immigration draw, which took place on April 19, 2017. Of these Invitations to Appy (ITAs) issued, 16 were to Entrepreneur candidates. The remaining 206 were issued to candidates in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS). Individuals who received an ITA from BC are now in a position to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate, with which they may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.

April 19 Express Entry Draw Sees Lowest CRS Requirement Yet at 415

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:07:00 -0400

The latest Express Entry draw, which took place on April 19, 2017, has issued 3,665 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent resident status to candidates in the Express Entry pool with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores of 415 or above. Marking the lowest CRS requirement yet, this draw brings the total number of ITAs issued since the introduction of the Express Entry system in January, 2015, to over 100,000.

Biggest Ever Express Entry Draw Issues 3,923 Invitations to Apply, Minimum CRS Score at 423

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 03:00:00 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has broken two of its own records in its most recent Express Entry draw, which took place on April 12, 2017. This draw saw more Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates in the Express Entry pool than any other single draw since the Express Entry system was introduced in January, 2015. Moreover, the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score a candidate needed in order receive an ITA dropped to 423, the lowest yet required.

Malala Yousafzai Receives Honorary Canadian Citizenship

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:27:12 -0400

Thirty months after she first due to accept honorary Canadian citizenship, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has finally addressed Parliament upon becoming just the sixth person ever to receive the distinction.

Ms. Yousafzai, a citizen of Pakistan, was originally scheduled to be granted the honour by former prime minister Stephen Harper on the day a gunman stormed Parliament Hill on October 22, 2014.

OINP Resumes Identifying Candidates for Human Capital Priorities Stream, Releases In-Demand Occupations List

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:02:32 -0400

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will resume identifying candidates in the Express Entry pool through the popular Human Capital Priorities (HCP) Stream during the week of April 10 to 14, 2017. Identified candidates will be issued a Notification of Interest (NOI), after which they may apply to the Ontario government for a provincial nomination certificate. This is the second time the province of Ontario has resumed issuing NOIs for the HCP Stream in 2017, after it had ceased identifying candidates for over a year between February 16, 2016 and February 21, 2017.

Quebec Allows Applicants to Update Applications Submitted through Mon Projet Québec

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 23:57:35 -0400

Quebec’s Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion, or MIDI) has announced that individuals who have submitted an application for a Quebec Selection Certificate (Certificat de sélection du Québec, or CSQ) through the online intake management system Mon projet Québec may modify and update their information in certain sections of the online profile.

Service Improvements to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Announced

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:31:52 -0400

Manitoba's Minister of Education and Training, Ian Wishart, has announced that the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) will implement improvements to service standards, stating that “As of this month, all candidates who submit complete applications to the program will be processed in six months or less.”

At a press conference announcing the improvements, Wishart confirmed that a backlog of applications to the program — which stood at more than 5,100 applications in April 2016 — has now been cleared.

Latest BC Draw Invites 458 Graduates and Workers to Apply to Immigrate

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:17:00 -0400

On April 5, 2017, the province of British Columbia (BC) invited 458 workers and international graduates to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). Candidates in five sub-categories managed through the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) were issued Invitations to Apply (ITA) for a provincial nomination certificate, with which they may then apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status. This most recent draw represents the biggest so far in 2017 to be conducted upon the five sub-categories within the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams which are managed through the SIRS.

Latest Express Entry Draw sees Lowest Ever CRS Score at 431

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:37:00 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has invited 3,753 individuals to apply for Canadian permanent residence in its latest draw on candidates in the Express Entry pool. This draw, which took place on April 5, 2017 represents the fourth time in 2017 that the minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score a candidate requires in order to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) has dropped to a record low. Candidates in the Express Entry pool with a CRS score of 431 or higher are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence. IRCC expects to process applications within six months, meaning that these individuals and their families are likely to be in a position to arrive in Canada before the end of 2017.

New Brunswick Signs Immigration Agreement with Government of Canada

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 23:12:44 -0400

The government of New Brunswick and the federal government of Canada have signed a new agreement, the Canada-New Brunswick Immigration Agreement. The deal aims to help New Brunswick address labour shortages and grow its population.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Attracts Early Interest from Employers

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:09:58 -0400

The recently-launched Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program has attracted interest from employers in its early stages, the government of Canada has announced. In a meeting between the federal Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, and Donald Arseneault, New Brunswick Minister for Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, it was revealed that as of March 31, 2017, more than 50 employers have been formally designated to recruit immigrants within the scope of the AIPP.

More Skilled Workers Invited to Apply for Immigration to Manitoba in March 30 Draw

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:07:24 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) continues to be a pathway to permanent residence for foreign skilled workers, including individuals overseas, as well as many who are already living and working in the province. On March 30, a total of 225 candidates who had previously made a formal Expression of Interest in settling in Manitoba as a skilled worker were invited to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate to the MPNP. Following a successful nomination, a candidate may then apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

Quebec's Budget to Provide Funding for Integration of Immigrants

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:39:33 -0400

The province of Quebec has earmarked $179.4 million over the next five years to support the integration of new immigrants. This figure includes $13.5 million to attract international students and $103.5 million for francization of newcomers.

Newfoundland Targets 50 Percent Increase in Immigration Numbers by 2022

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:00:27 -0400

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador wants annual immigration numbers to increase to 1,700 new permanent residents per year, an increase of around 50 percent on current intake numbers.

March 24 Express Entry Draw: 3,749 Candidates Invited

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:20:00 -0400

The second Express Entry draw of March, and the 57th in total, has taken place. A total of 3,749 candidates were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for immigration to Canada, with each invited candidate having 441 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points at the time the draw was performed.

Candidates who receive an ITA are now in a position to submit an application for Canadian permanent residence to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Accompanying family members, including spouses or common-law partners, as well as dependent children, may also come to Canada along with the principal applicant.

BC Invites 437 Workers, Graduates and Entrepreneurs in March 22 Draw

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:04:03 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) continues to be the pathway through which a range of international workers, graduates, and entrepreneurs settle in Canada permanently. The latest BC PNP round of invitations, which were issued in draws that took place on March 22, mark the fifth occasion since the beginning of February that BC has issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the BC PNP.

Manitoba Invites 313 Skilled Workers to Apply for Immigration in March 16 Draw

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:36:01 -0400

Another 313 candidates have been invited to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), a Canadian immigration program that allows the province of Manitoba to welcome new immigrants who have the ability to establish themselves and their families in Manitoba, based on eligibility criteria set by the province.

Manitoba Invites 313 Skilled Workers to Apply for Immigration in March 16 Draw

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:36:01 -0400

Another 313 candidates have been invited to apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), a Canadian immigration program that allows the province of Manitoba to welcome new immigrants who have the ability to establish themselves and their families in Manitoba, based on eligibility criteria set by the province.

New Application Fee for Saskatchewan Express Entry and Occupations In-Demand Immigration Sub-Categories

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:48:47 -0400

As of April 1, 2017, applicants to two popular immigration streams of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) will be required to pay an application fee of $300 CAD when submitting the application. The fee will be mandatory for applicants to the International Skilled Worker: Saskatchewan Express Entry sub-category and the International Skilled Worker: Occupation In-Demand sub-category.

Ontario Clarifies Application Process for Human Capital Priorities Stream

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:09:00 -0500

The government of Ontario has clarified the registration and application process for the Human Capital Priorities Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). There had been some confusion regarding the new process since the popular stream was reopened last month. This confusion derived from a new online process that includes a registration deadline and an application deadline.

BC Invites 377 Workers and Graduates to Immigrate in March 8 BC PNP Draw

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:21:05 -0500

A total of 377 candidates for immigration to British Columbia, Canada have been invited to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw that took place on March 8. This is the third such draw to have taken place in the last three weeks, with other candidates having been invited to apply on February 17 and February 23, respectively.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program is Launched

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:17:22 -0500

The Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) — a new three-year pilot program for immigration to Atlantic Canada — was launched on March 6, 2017.

Up to 2,000 new applications to this employer-driven program will be processed in 2017, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to process 80 percent of complete applications in six months or less.

Some Canadian Permanent Residents May be Denied Entry to U.S. After Latest Order

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:11:36 -0500

Citizens of six specific countries who are also permanent residents of Canada may be barred from entering the U.S. after that country's President, Donald Trump, issued a new executive order on immigration.

Investments in Higher Education Across Canada Expected to Improve Infrastructure and Research

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:06:28 -0500

The opening months of 2017 have seen a series of investments in higher education institutions across Canada. In the last week, Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and Holland College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island have received significant funding for a range of projects that are intended to ensure Canada's continuance as a leading education destination and research hub. These investments follow soon after a flurry of similar initiatives in Ontario.

Latest Express Entry Draw sees CRS Requirement Drop to 434

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:48:05 -0500

On March 1, 2017, 3,884 Invitations to Apply (ITA) were issued to candidates in the pool for the Express Entry immigration selection system with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) point score of 434 or above. For the third time in a row, the number of CRS points a candidate requires to receive an ITA has dropped to a level never before seen since the introduction of the Express Entry immigration selection system in January, 2015. Coming just seven days after the last draw, this draw also represents the highest number of ITAs ever issued in a single draw, and brings 2017's total number of ITAs issued to over 20,000.

Ontario Extends Deadline for Online Immigration Applications

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:22:00 -0500

The government of Ontario has extended the deadline for candidates to submit an online application to the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), from seven calendar days to 14 calendar days. The move affects the following OINP streams: the Human Capital Priorities Stream, the International Masters Graduate Stream, and the International PhD Graduate Stream.

324 Skilled Workers Invited to Apply to Immigrate to Manitoba in February 27 Draw

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:22:54 -0500

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) continues to invite skilled workers to immigrate to the province. In the latest draw for skilled workers, which took place on February 27, a total of 324 skilled workers who had made an Expression of Interest (EOI) in settling in Manitoba were issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), also known less formally as an invitation.

Governments Invest in Higher Education in Prince Edward Island

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:49:26 -0500

The government of Canada and the government of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) are each investing $2.3 million to develop infrastructure at Holland College, Prince Edward Island. The investment forms part of Canada's Innovation Agenda, which aims to develop the country's capacity for innovation, job creation, and industry growth.

Quebec Expands List of Occupations for Facilitated LMIA Process

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:00:54 -0500

Employers in Quebec can enjoy a simplified, or facilitated, hiring process of foreign workers in certain occupations after the government of Quebec expanded the list of occupations that are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) advertising requirement in the province.

Ontario's International Masters Graduate Stream Reaches Intake Limit

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:40:00 -0500

The International Masters Graduate Stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) has reached its intake limit for the time being, just days after reopening. No registrations will be accepted through this stream until registration reopens. The OINP has alerted stakeholders that an update on when the stream will reopen once again is scheduled to be provided on May 1, 2017. The OINP will resume accepting applications for this stream within the next three months.

BC Conducts Second PNP Draw in Less Than a Week

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:23:25 -0500

British Columbia (BC) has invited another 343 candidates to immigrate to the province through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in draws that took place on February 23. This is the second batch of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) that have been issued in the past week, with the previous draws — which saw 459 ITAs issued — having taken place on February 17.

CRS Requirement Dips to 441 in February 22 Express Entry Draw

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 18:58:00 -0500

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required by candidates in Canada's Express Entry immigration selection system to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) continues to decrease. On February 22, a total of 3,611 candidates with 441 or more CRS points received an ITA. This is comfortably the lowest points threshold of any draw since Express Entry was first launched more than two years ago.

Ontario Reopens Three Provincial Nominee Program Streams

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:57:00 -0500

As of February 21, 2017, Ontario has reopened three popular streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP): the Human Capital Priorities Stream, the International Masters Graduate Stream, and the International PhD Graduate Stream. The province has introduced a new online application system for these streams, which is expected to improve customer service and processing times, in addition to simplifying the application process.

BC Continues to Welcome Immigration Applications From Workers, Graduates, Entrepreneurs

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:28:25 -0500

More and more workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs are being given the opportunity to make British Columbia (BC) their new home. The latest British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) draws, which took place on February 17, saw a total of 459 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued, of which 19 were issued to candidates in the Entrepreneur Immigration stream. The remaining 440 ITAs were divided among various categories of the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams, which are managed under the province's unique Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS).

Ontario to Reopen Popular Immigration Streams Next Week

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:21:31 -0500

The Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) will begin accepting applications under three of its most popular immigration streams next week. These streams are the Express Entry Human Capital Priorities Stream, the International PhD Graduate Stream, and the International Masters Graduate Stream.

Montreal Set to Become a Sanctuary City

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:49:24 -0500

Canada's second-largest city, Montreal, will vote on Monday on whether the city should be designated a "sanctuary city." If the city council approves the idea, as is expected, Montreal will join other Canadian cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Hamilton, which have official policies not to discriminate against undocumented immigrants and refugees by denying them services. Moreover, sanctuary cities also pledge not to use immigration status, or lack thereof, as a pretext to arrest or deport individuals if they come into contact with law enforcement on non-criminal offences such as parking tickets.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Immigration Category Opens for 500 New Applications

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:44:56 -0500

The popular International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reopened for 500 new applications, as February 14, 2017.

Through this sub-category, eligible candidates in the federal Express Entry pool may apply for a provincial nomination certificate from Saskatchewan. A provincial nomination certificate through this sub-category gives the candidate 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and that candidate will then be in line for selection at a subsequent draw from the pool.

Update to Instructions for International Students Working On-Campus in Canada

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:29:50 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated the process for international students who are applying for a Social Insurance Number (SIN) to work on-campus. As of February 10, 2017, international students no longer need an employment contract to apply for a SIN.

Record Low CRS Requirement in February 8 Express Entry Draw

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 19:07:00 -0500

The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has broken new ground, with the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) point threshold dipping below the 450 mark for the first time ever. In total, 3,664 candidates in the pool with 447 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence on February 8, 2017.

Immigration to Nova Scotia Highest in Decades, With More Growth Expected

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:49:48 -0500

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration is boasting record immigration numbers to the province, with many skilled workers, entrepreneurs, refugees, and family member of Canadian citizens and permanent residents having made a new home in the province. Overall, preliminary figures for last year to the end of October reveal that 4,835 newcomers arrived in Nova Scotia, the highest intake in decades.

BC Invites 457 Workers and Graduates to Immigrate in February 3 Draw

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 00:03:02 -0500

The first immigration draw of the year under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has taken place, with 457 candidates having been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the BC PNP on February 3. These candidates had previously created a profile in BC's unique Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), a mechanism that allows the province to rank and select potential newcomers across a range of sub-categories.

Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program Expected in Federal Budget

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 23:20:44 -0500

The government of Canada's upcoming federal budget will include long-awaited reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), according to Employment Minister Patty Hajdu. Reforming the program has been a priority since the Liberal government took office 15 months ago.

Canada Introduces Temporary Public Policy for Foreign Nationals Impacted by U.S. President Trump's Executive Order

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 18:06:04 -0500

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the government department which oversees immigration and refugee affairs in Canada, has introduced a temporary public policy concerning certain foreign nationals who are affected by an Executive Order signed by U.S. President Trump on January 27, 2017. Under the temporary public policy, the government of Canada may allow foreign nationals affected the by the U.S. Executive Order to apply for temporary status in Canada, or to extend their stay.

There is no new Canadian Visa Lottery Program, Despite Widespread Rumours

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:24:53 -0500

A widespread rumour that Canada is due to begin a new immigration lottery, similar to the DV visa lottery in the United States, is untrue. The story stems from an article published online that citizens from 16 countries could apply as of March 1, 2017.

Manitoba Conducts Skilled Worker Immigration Draw, Inviting 189 Candidates

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:15:08 -0500

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has performed the first 'Expression of Interest' (EOI) draw for skilled immigrants of 2017, the 26th since the system was first launched in 2015. The draw took place on January 27, when a total of 189 candidates who had previously submitted an EOI to the program were invited to apply based on their credentials under Manitoba's unique immigration points system. These candidates were issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), more informally known as an invitation.

Manitoba Conducts Skilled Worker Immigration Draw, Inviting 189 Candidates

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:15:08 -0500

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) has performed the first 'Expression of Interest' (EOI) draw for skilled immigrants of 2017, the 26th since the system was first launched in 2015. The draw took place on January 27, when a total of 189 candidates who had previously submitted an EOI to the program were invited to apply based on their credentials under Manitoba's unique immigration points system. These candidates were issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA), more informally known as an invitation.

Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program Details Revealed

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 00:42:09 -0500

On January 27, 2017, the government of Canada unveiled its Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program. First announced on July 4, 2016, the plan is part of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, and sets out key immigration objectives for the provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador (collectively, Atlantic Canada).

Updated Settlement Funds Requirement for Express Entry Immigration to Canada

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:44:53 -0500

The government of Canada has updated the settlement funds requirement for applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC) and Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC). Candidates who receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) are not required to show settlement funds. In addition, candidates authorized to work in Canada and who have a valid job offer from an employer in Canada are not subject to the settlement funds requirement.

CRS Requirement Continues to Fall in Third Express Entry Draw of 2017

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 18:37:00 -0500

The latest Express Entry draw has continued two trends that have marked the recent history of the federal Canadian immigration selection system: the draws keep growing in size, and the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) continues to decrease. The latest draw, which took place the morning of January 25, issued ITAs to 3,508 candidates with 453 or more CRS points.

New Online Application Process for Ontario's French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:02:06 -0500

The province of Ontario has announced a new online application process for the French-Speaking Skilled Worker stream of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP). The government of Ontario states that the new process will make it easier to apply to the stream and help to improve processing times for applicants.

New Brunswick Notifies Applicants of Processing Delays in its Provincial Nominee Program

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:21:49 -0500

The New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) is experiencing delays in the processing of applications. The delays are attributed to a "significant number of applications," the province explained on its website.

The update added that the program continues "to prioritize applications from individuals who are working in New Brunswick or have a local job offer." Applicants who have an application currently in process are urged not to contact the province regarding the status of their application. Such inquiries will not be answered and will increase delays, the province explains. Finally, the update stated that all applicants would receive communication from the NBPNP once a decision is made on their application, although no time frame was given for this communication.

Ontario to Introduce Online Immigration Application Systems and Improve Processing Times

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:02:00 -0500

The government of Ontario has made a number of important announcements regarding its Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), one of Canada's Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Through these programs, provinces may welcome newcomers who will be able to settle into life in the region and effectively contribute to the community. As Canada's most populated province, Ontario continues to be a popular immigration destination.

CRS Requirement Continues to Decrease in Record-Breaking January 11 Express Entry Draw

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:28:12 -0500

A record-breaking number of Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a draw that took place on January 11, 2017. A total of 3,334 candidates with 459 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were invited to apply. This is the first time the number of candidates issued an ITA has passed the 3,000 mark. In addition, it is the first time in almost a year that the CRS requirement has dipped below 460.

CRS Requirement Continues to Decrease in Record-Breaking January 11 Express Entry Draw

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:28:12 -0500

A record-breaking number of Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in a draw that took place on January 11, 2017. A total of 3,334 candidates with 459 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were invited to apply. This is the first time the number of candidates issued an ITA has passed the 3,000 mark. In addition, it is the first time in almost a year that the CRS requirement has dipped below 460.

Ahmed Hussen Appointed Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:05:12 -0500

Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has appointed Somali-born Member of Parliament Ahmed Hussen to the position of Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. Hussen replaces John McCallum, who is set to become Canada's ambassador to China. The move is one of many in a cabinet reshuffle that will see a number of ministers move department or leave cabinet altogether.

Quebec to Suspend Private Refugee Sponsorship Temporarily

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:51:48 -0500

On January 9, 2017, Quebec’s Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil announced that, as of January 26, Quebec will stop receiving new requests for groups to privately sponsor refugees. While the province stated that this pause is temporary, no date has been announced for when the private refugee sponsorship program may resume receiving applications.

Skilled Worker Immigration to Manitoba Ends 2016 With Two Draws in Quick Succession

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:00:02 -0500

There was a flurry of activity in the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) over the final days of 2016, with two draws for its Skilled Worker immigration stream taking place on December 21 and December 30. In total, 316 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to eligible candidates who had previously made a formal 'Expression of Interest' in immigrating to the province. These individuals may now submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate. With this certificate, the individual, as well as his or her accompanying family members, may then apply for Canadian permanent residence.

Express Entry Immigration Sub-Category in Saskatchewan Reopens

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 23:39:11 -0500

The International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) re-opened for 500 new applications on January 4, 2017. Through this sub-category, eligible individuals who are already in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) Express Entry pool may apply for a provincial nomination certificate from Saskatchewan. A provincial nomination certificate through this sub-category gives the candidate 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), and that candidate will then be in line for selection at a subsequent draw from the pool.

First Express Entry Draw of 2017 Issues Record-Breaking Number of Invitations to Apply

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:58:39 -0500

On January 4, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued 2,902 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for permanent immigration to Canada. This is the largest ever draw since the Express Entry system was launched in January, 2015.

Saskatchewan Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category Reopens

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 18:28:18 -0500

The International Skilled Worker - Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) reopened for 500 new applications on January 4, 2017. This SINP sub-category allows skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation to make an application for a provincial nomination certificate, which is then followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Interestingly, applicants do not require a job offer in order to make an application.

Citizens of San Marino May Now Work in Canada Under International Experience Canada (IEC) Program

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:18:23 -0500

San Marino has become the latest country to sign a bilateral agreement with Canada that allows its citizens to live and work in Canada under the popular International Experience Canada (IEC) program. Citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 from the tiny country, which is entirely surrounded by Italy and has a population of just 33,000, may now participate under the Working Holiday IEC category.

December 22 Express Entry Draw is the Largest of All Time

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 22:56:11 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued 2,878 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with 475 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points in an Express Entry draw that took place on December 22, 2016. This draw — the largest ever since Express Entry came into operation nearly two years ago — came as a surprise to many candidates, coming just six days after the previous draw. Over recent months, IRCC had stated that more regular draws could be expected, that the number of ITAs would increase, and that there would be a corresponding decrease in the CRS cut-off point. On all three fronts, IRCC has been as good as its word.

Further in-depth analysis of the December 22 Express Entry draw is available on CICNews.com.

Workers, Graduates and Entrepreneurs Among 276 Candidates Invited to Apply for Immigration to BC

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:18:34 -0500

British Columbia (BC) conducted two separate draws on December 21, inviting a range of workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs to immigrate to the province through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The majority of the 276 individual candidates who were invited were candidates who had already created a profile in the Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), a mechanism unique to the BC PNP that allows the province to rank and select potential newcomers across a range of sub-categories.

1,936 Invitations to Apply Issued in December 16 Express Entry Draw

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:07:53 -0500

The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has resulted in 1,936 candidates in the pool with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 497 being issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Unlike the previous draw, which took place on November 30 and only issued ITAs to candidates with a provincial nomination, the December 16 draw was not program specific; all candidates in the pool with at least 497 CRS points received an ITA, regardless of the program they were eligible under or whether or not they had a provincial nomination certificate.

1,936 Invitations to Apply Issued in December 16 Express Entry Draw

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 23:07:53 -0500

The latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada has resulted in 1,936 candidates in the pool with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 497 being issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Unlike the previous draw, which took place on November 30 and only issued ITAs to candidates with a provincial nomination, the December 16 draw was not program specific; all candidates in the pool with at least 497 CRS points received an ITA, regardless of the program they were eligible under or whether or not they had a provincial nomination certificate.

Government of Canada Abolishes ‘Four-in, Four-out’ Rule for Temporary Foreign Workers

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 19:59:49 -0500

In a move that will likely be greeted with enthusiasm by many, the government of Canada has announced that, effective immediately, the the four-year cumulative duration rule will no longer apply to temporary foreign workers in Canada. This rule, also known as the ‘four-in, four-out’ rule, limited the time some temporary foreign workers may work in Canada to four years.

New Application Process for Parents and Grandparents Program Expected to Improve Access

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:39:33 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced changes to the application process for the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) for the 2017 application cycle. From January 2017, individuals who wish to sponsor their parent(s) or grandparent(s) for Canadian permanent residence status will first be required to complete an online form indicating their interest in the program to IRCC.

500 Workers and Graduates Invited to Apply for Immigration to British Columbia in December 8 Draw

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:40:42 -0500

A total of 500 candidates for immigration to British Columbia, Canada have been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw that took place on December 8, 2016. Candidates who received an ITA may now submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate to the provincial government of BC. With this nomination certificate, they may apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

Quebec Releases Updated Processing Fees for 2017

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 19:06:12 -0500

Quebec’s Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (Ministry of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion, or MIDI) has announced the updated processing fees for applications to Quebec for permanent immigration and temporary stays. The new rates come into force on January 1, 2017.

Open Work Permit Pilot Program for Sponsored Spouses and Common-Law Partners Extended to December, 2017

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:31:02 -0500

The Government of Canada has extended a pilot program that enables foreign nationals living in Canada who have applied to immigrate as a spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to work while they are waiting for the application to be processed. The Open Work Permit Pilot Program, which was originally set to expire on December 22, 2016, has been extended until December 21, 2017.

Mexican Citizens are now Eligible for Visa-Free Travel to Canada

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:04:13 -0500

For the first time since 2009, citizens of Mexico may travel to Canada without having to apply for a visitor visa (Temporary Resident Visa, or TRV) beforehand.

The lifting of the visa requirement on December 1, 2016 means that Mexicans traveling to Canada by air will need an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before boarding a flight. Mexicans traveling to Canada over land require neither an eTA nor a TRV; these visitors simply need to present their passport at the Port of Entry (border).

November 30 Express Entry Draw Invites Candidates With Provincial Nomination to Apply for Immigration to Canada

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:03:33 -0500

The first draw after recent changes to Canada’s Express Entry immigration selection system came into force has seen only those candidates with a provincial nomination certificate invited to apply for permanent residence. A provincial nomination is not required in order to enter the Express Entry pool or to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence.

Government of Canada Outlines Plan for Two-Week Work Permit Processing

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:41:23 -0500

Starting in 2017, companies in Canada will be able to bring in highly-skilled international workers quickly and efficiently, with the government to set a two-week processing standard for visas and work permits in certain hiring situations.

Manitoba Invites 179 Candidates to Immigrate in November 29 Draw

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:17:15 -0500

The province of Manitoba has conducted the 23rd draw of its 'Expression of Interest' immigration system, part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The latest draw took place on November 29, with a total of 179 candidates having been issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) to the MPNP.

Candidates eligible for one the MPNP for Skilled Workers sub-categories are ranked according to a unique points system that awards up to 1,000 points to each candidate. Of these LAAs issued, 150 were issued to candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, each of whom had at least 713 points in the MPNP ranking system for skilled workers.

Manitoba Invites 179 Candidates to Immigrate in November 29 Draw

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:17:15 -0500

The province of Manitoba has conducted the 23rd draw of its 'Expression of Interest' immigration system, part of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The latest draw took place on November 29, with a total of 179 candidates having been issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) to the MPNP.

Candidates eligible for one the MPNP for Skilled Workers sub-categories are ranked according to a unique points system that awards up to 1,000 points to each candidate. Of these LAAs issued, 150 were issued to candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, each of whom had at least 713 points in the MPNP ranking system for skilled workers.

Government of Canada Allows Mexican Nationals to Apply for eTA in Advance of Removing Visa Requirement

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:55:42 -0500

As of December 1, 2016, Mexican nationals will no longer be required to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to enter Canada for temporary visits, work, or study. Instead, citizens of Mexico will need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before travelling to Canada by air. In preparation for this change, the government of Canada has announced that as of November 25, 2016, Mexican nationals may apply in advance for an eTA.

Saskatchewan's Occupations In-Demand Immigration Sub-Category Reopens for 1,200 New Applications

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:16:48 -0500

The International Skilled Worker - Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) is accepting 1,200 new applications, as of the morning of November 22, 2016. This highly popular Canadian immigration option allows skilled workers with experience in one of 21 in-demand occupations to make an application for a provincial nomination certificate, which may then be followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants do not require a job offer in order to make an application.

IRCC Adds New Questions to Express Entry System to Reflect Recent Changes

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:11:01 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has advised Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada who believe they may be affected by recent changes to the system to log in to their online account and answer new questions that have been added. By doing so, affected candidates may be awarded additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

British Columbia Issues 310 Invitations to Apply across Five Categories of the BC PNP

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:26:00 -0500

On November 17, 2016, the province of British Columbia (BC) invited 310 individuals to apply for a provincial nomination certificate through the Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC streams of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). This represents an increase of 43 percent in the number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) issued over the last draw, which took place on November 10, 2016.

Biggest Ever Express Entry Draw sees 2,427 Individuals Invited to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:40:22 -0500

A greater number of Invitations to Apply (ITA) have been issued than ever before in Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) latest draw from the Express Entry pool. A total of 2,427 ITAs were issued to candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 470 or higher. Consequently, for the third draw in a row, the number of ITAs issued is higher than any previous draw since the Express Entry system was introduced in 2015. The minimum CRS score required has also decreased for the third draw in a row.

Manitoba Makes Changes to Risk Assessment Factors for Expression of Interest Immigration System

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:00 -0500

The province of Manitoba will no longer penalize skilled worker immigration candidates who have a close relative in another province and no close relative in Manitoba.

Allocation of Points for Job Offers and Canadian Education Among Reforms to Comprehensive Ranking System

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:35:00 -0500

On November 19, 2016, changes to the allocation of points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) will come into force. The changes, which were first announced on November 10, 2016, include an extension of the submission period after an Invitation to Apply (ITA) is issued, reforms of the allocation of points for certain job offers without a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), and the introduction of additional points for international graduates of Canadian study programs.

British Columbia Invites 217 Workers and Graduates to Apply for Immigration to Canada Through BC PNP

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 22:23:00 -0500

A total of 217 workers and international graduates who studied in Canada have been invited to apply to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw that took place on November 10, 2016. These individuals are now in a position to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate to the BC PNP, after which they may apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

Canada's eTA Requirement Comes Into Full Effect, With New Gender Neutral Option

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:33:45 -0500

Visitors to Canada who identify as neither male nor female will have the option of choosing 'other' when Canada's electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) requirement for visa-exempt visitors comes into full effect on Thursday, November 10.

Changes to Processing of Applications for Canadian Permanent Residence from International Students on the Horizon

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:55:40 -0500

It is expected that the government of Canada will soon announce changes to the processing of Canadian permanent residence applications from international graduates of Canadian study programs.

A recent report from the Advisory Council on Economic Growth — which recommended that Canada boost its immigration levels to 450,000 in order to optimize economic growth in Canada — advised that Canada welcome more international graduates as permanent residents. The Council proposed two ways to ease the pathway to permanent residence for international students in Canada: increasing the number of points allocated under the Express Entry system, and simplifying the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process for employers who want to hire international graduates who studied at Canadian institutions.

Large Spike in Number of U.S. Residents Working in Canada, With More to Come

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:07:30 -0400

Canada issued 53.8 percent more work permits to U.S. residents through the first eight months of 2016 than for the same period last year, with many analysts pointing to the relatively calm political climate north of the border as a reason why more U.S. residents are working in Canada.

Republican Party presidential nominee Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement (NATFA) with Canada and Mexico one of the worst trade deals ever mad and blames it for U.S.-based manufacturing jobs being moved abroad, particularly to Mexico.

That same deal, however, also allows U.S. residents in certain occupations, as well as individuals working with a company that has a Canadian office or affiliate, easier access to Canadian work permits.

Government of Canada Outlines Plan to Fast-Track Arrival of Global Tech Talent in Fall Economic Statement

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:40:02 -0400

The government of Canada has unveiled a Global Skills Strategy that will set an ambitious two-week standard for processing visas and work permits for global talent. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau outlined the proposal to Parliament while delivering his department's Fall Economic Statement.

2,080 Candidates Invited to Apply for Express Entry Immigration to Canada in Largest Ever Draw

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 17:56:38 -0400

The largest Express Entry draw of all time has taken place, with 2,080 candidates in the pool receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence on November 2, 2016. This is the first time in which the number of ITAs issued in any one draw has surpassed the two thousand mark, and draw sizes are now nearly three times what they were through the summer months. Moreover, the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off mark continues to go down; the latest draw required candidates to have 472 or more CRS points in order to receive an ITA.

La semaine de l’immigration francophone met en lumière la contribution de l’immigration des francophones et la diversité à travers tout le Canada

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 22:08:01 -0400

Du 31 octobre au 5 novembre 2016, les francophones à travers le Canada célébrent la semaine de l’immigration francophone. Cet événement, qui intervient maintenant pour la quatrième fois, a été créé par la Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne, ou FCFA) et par les Réseaux en immigration francophone, or RIF) afin de mettre en valeur la diversité et l’immigration francophone.

Canada to Remove Visa Requirements on Romanian and Bulgarian Visitors in 2017

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:56:49 -0400

By the end of 2017, citizens of Romania and Bulgaria will no longer need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) in order to visit Canada. The development was referenced in the EU-Canada Summit Joint Declaration, which was released over the weekend. Romanian Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos hailed the move as “an important moment” for Romanian citizens, as well as for business people.

Francophone Immigration Week Highlights French-Speaking Immigration and Diversity Across Canada

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:47:53 -0400

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From October 31 to November 5, 2016, French speakers across Canada are celebrating Francophone Immigration Week. The week-long event, now in its fourth year, was created by the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada (Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne, or FCFA) and the Francophone Immigration Networks (Réseaux en immigration francophone, or RIF) to highlight Francophone immigration and diversity.

Maximum Age of Dependent Children for Immigration to Canada to be Increased to 21 Years of Age

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:47:09 -0400

In a move that may affect many thousands of applicants across a range of Canadian immigration programs, the government of Canada is planning to change the maximum age of dependent children accompanying their parents to less than 22 years old (i.e. 21 or under). If approved, the maximum age is expected to be increased in fall 2017.

Currently, children less than 19 years of age may be included as accompanying dependents on an application for Canadian permanent resident status. This definition applies to all Canadian immigration and refugee classes, as well as principal applicants who may be sponsored in the family class immigration program. In a statement, the government of Canada described the current regulations as “too restrictive”.

Government of Canada to Repeal Cohabitation Condition for Certain Sponsored Spouses and Common-Law Partners

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:58:38 -0400

On October 29, 2016, the government of Canada released a draft of a change to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), which would repeal the conditional permanent residence regulatory provisions for certain sponsored spouses and common-law partners. If approved, the change is expected to come into force in spring 2017.

Manitoba Invites 176 Skilled Workers to Apply for Immigration to Canada Through MPNP

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:03:29 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) continues to be active in inviting new immigrants to the province, with the latest MPNP draw seeing a total of 176 skilled workers being issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) to the program.

The October 28 draw, the 22nd since the Expression of Interest system in Manitoba was first launched last year, saw LAAs issued to 150 candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, each of whom had at least 654 points in the MPNP ranking system for skilled workers.

The remaining 26 LAAs were issued to candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category who had at least 712 points and who were directly invited by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

Manitoba Invites 176 Skilled Workers to Apply for Immigration to Canada Through MPNP

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:03:29 -0400

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) continues to be active in inviting new immigrants to the province, with the latest MPNP draw seeing a total of 176 skilled workers being issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) to the program.

The October 28 draw, the 22nd since the Expression of Interest system in Manitoba was first launched last year, saw LAAs issued to 150 candidates in the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, each of whom had at least 654 points in the MPNP ranking system for skilled workers.

The remaining 26 LAAs were issued to candidates in the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category who had at least 712 points and who were directly invited by the MPNP under a Strategic Recruitment Initiative.

Quebec to Welcome 51,000 New Immigrants in 2017, Despite Opposition Calls for Reduction

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:22:38 -0400

The government of Quebec is sticking to its plan to bring around 51,000 new immigrants to the province in 2017. Quebec's Immigration Minister, Kathleen Weil, confirmed the figure this week, while also providing details on a plan to provide an additional $31 million to French language-training programs for newcomers. Total government spending in that area will now be $168 million a year.

Canada to Welcome Yazidi Refugees Within Four Months After Vote Receives Unanimous Support

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:52:27 -0400

Members of Parliament (MPs) in Ottawa have voted unanimously to settle within four months members of the Yazidi population who have been persecuted by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The motion, which was brought forward by the opposition Conservative Party, also formally labels the persecution of Yazidis a genocide.

New Study Reveals That Canadians View Immigration Positively

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:25:05 -0400

Canada, it seems, is going against the grain when it comes to how its citizens view immigration policy. The anti-immigrant sentiment that has come to the fore in other regions of the world, notably in the United States and in parts of Europe, is being rejected by Canada, where eight in 10 people still believe that immigration is good for the country’s economy.

Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category of Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Reopens for 700 Applications

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:21:23 -0400

A popular Canadian immigration option in the province of Saskatchewan has reopened for a limited number of applications. On Monday, October 24, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) announced that its International Skilled Worker – Occupations In-Demand sub-category would be accepting up to 700 applications. This marks the fifth time this SINP sub-category has had an application intake so far this year. If previous intake periods are anything to go by, it can be expected that the latest intake cap may be reached within days, or even hours.

Biggest-Ever Express Entry Draw sees 1,804 ITAs Issued, CRS Score Requirement Decreases to 475

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:11:20 -0400

The Express Entry draw on October 19 — the second draw in eight days — saw a record number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates in Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool. The previous record for the number of ITAs issued in a single draw was 1,637, on March 27, 2015. Moreover, this is only the second time in 2016 that two draws have happened within the space of a week.

Biggest-Ever Express Entry Draw sees 1,804 ITAs Issued, CRS Score Requirement Decreases to 475

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 18:11:20 -0400

The Express Entry draw on October 19 — the second draw in eight days — saw a record number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to candidates in Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) Express Entry pool. The previous record for the number of ITAs issued in a single draw was 1,637, on March 27, 2015. Moreover, this is only the second time in 2016 that two draws have happened within the space of a week.

International Graduates Granted Reprieve after Refusal of Post-Graduation Work Permit Applications

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:06:45 -0400

A group of former international students whose applications for Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs) were refused are now able to re-submit their applications. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, has established a public policy to reconsider applications for three-year open work permits from certain graduates.

International Experience Canada (IEC) Program Reopens for 2017 Season

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:57:07 -0400

The International Experience Canada (IEC) program has reopened for the 2017 season, giving citizens of 32 countries that have a reciprocal agreement with Canada the opportunity to live and work in Canada on a temporary basis. As of 10 a.m. EST on Monday, October 17, 2016, eligible candidates are able to create a profile and enter the pool for their country and category.

British MP Urges Post-Brexit UK to Model Immigration Program on Canada

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 23:28:02 -0400

British Member of Parliament (MP) Chuka Umunna has urged policy-makers in the UK to look to Canada’s immigration system when developing a vision for the country’s immigration system post-Brexit.

“There is a lot we can learn from our Canadian counterparts,” Umunna wrote, in a recent opinion piece. “Their communities are far more integrated and cohesive, yet they have seen both historic and faster recent immigration levels.”

Government of Canada Publishes New Criteria for Urgent Processing of Permanent Residence Cards

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:24:00 -0400

The government of Canada has made public its criteria for the urgent processing of permanent residence cards. At the time of writing, an application for a permanent residence card takes an estimated 41 days to process for a new card, or 63 days for a renewal or replacement. However, there are certain urgent situations whereby an individual may have his or her application for a card expedited.

Federal and Provincial Ministers Meet to Discuss Future of Canadian Immigration

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:04:16 -0400

Immigration ministers from across Canada met in Winnipeg on October 12 to discuss the issues facing Canadian immigration. Immigrant settlement assistance, refugee programs, and the expansion of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) were all on the agenda. At the meeting, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, John McCallum, also announced that the federal government would reveal the target for new refugee intake levels for 2017 to 2018 by November 1.

Saskatchewan's International Skilled Worker - Express Entry Immigration Category Reopens for 300 New Applications

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:30:54 -0400

The International Skilled Worker – Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) opened on the morning of October 12 to receive up to 300 additional applications. Through this sub-category, eligible individuals who are already in the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC) Express Entry pool may apply for a provincial nomination certificate from Saskatchewan. A provincial nomination certificate through this sub-category gives the candidate 600 additional points under the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS).

1,518 Invitations to Apply Issued through Express Entry System in October 12 Draw

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:51:29 -0400

The last time this many ITAs were issued in a single draw was January 13, 2016, which also saw 1,518 ITAs issued. In the draw, which took place on the morning of October 12, Immigration, Citizenship, and Refugees Canada (IRCC) issued ITAs to candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 484 points or higher.

1,518 Invitations to Apply Issued through Express Entry System in October 12 Draw

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:51:29 -0400

The last time this many ITAs were issued in a single draw was January 13, 2016, which also saw 1,518 ITAs issued. In the draw, which took place on the morning of October 12, Immigration, Citizenship, and Refugees Canada (IRCC) issued ITAs to candidates with a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 484 points or higher.

Thanksgiving Monday Marks Beginning of Citizenship Week

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:33:59 -0400

Canadian Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday of October. This year, Thanksgiving Day also marks the beginning of Citizenship Week, a week of events and ceremonies to acknowledge the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens. Over the past ten years, Canada has welcomed 1,500,000 new Canadians. During the coming week, Canadians will have the opportunity to welcome newcomers. 47 citizenship ceremonies across the country will grant citizenship status to individuals who have made Canada their new home.

Quebec Seeks to Retain More International Students in Montreal after Graduation

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:17:50 -0400

The Quebec government has announced it will invest $1.6 million in a program to encourage international students in Montreal to remain in the province after graduation. 'I Choose Montreal' will be run by economic development organization Montréal International, and will be directed towards university, college, and vocational students in the Greater Montreal area. The initiative was developed in consultation with the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité, et de l’Inclusion (the Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion, or MIDI).

Saskatchewan's International Skilled Worker - Occupations In-Demand Immigration Category Reopens for 500 New Applications

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:46:20 -0400

A popular immigration category in Saskatchewan is accepting 500 new applications as of the morning of October 4, 2016. The International Skilled Worker - Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) allows skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan to make an application for a provincial nomination certificate, which may then be followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Applicants do not require a job offer in order to make an application.

298 Candidates for Immigration to Canada Through Manitoba PNP Invited to Apply in September 29 Draw

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:27:01 -0400

Manitoba has issued 298 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) in a draw that took place on Thursday, September 29, 2016. This province, located in central Canada, issues LAAs through two sub-categories of the Skilled Workers category of the MPNP. A total of 258 LAAs were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 40 LAAs were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category.

647 Candidates for Immigration to Canada Through BC PNP Invited to Apply in September 27 Draw

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:41:35 -0400

The province of British Columbia continues to be a leader on the immigration front, with 647 candidates having been issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw that took place on September 27, 2016. A wide range of workers, international graduates, and entrepreneurs are now in a position to submit an application for a provincial nomination certificate to the BC PNP, after which they may apply to the federal government for permanent resident status.

IRCC Outlines Steps That May Be Taken to Increase Work Permit Validity Under International Experience Canada (IEC) Program

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 22:30:29 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has published instructions on increasing the validity period of work permits under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.

Through the IEC program, citizens of countries with a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada who are between 18 and 35 years old may be eligible to work in Canada under one of three categories: Working Holiday, Young Professionals, and International Co-op.

Government of Canada Considering Revocation of Controversial Citizenship Law

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:37:40 -0400

The government of Canada is considering a stay of proceedings for a law that allows citizens who misrepresented themselves in their citizenship or permanent residence applications to be stripped of their citizenship without a hearing. The existing law, which was introduced by the previous Conservative government, could affect a Liberal member of Cabinet, Maryam Monsef, who it was found was actually born in Iran, rather than Afghanistan, as previously thought.

Number of Invitations to Apply for Express Entry Immigration to Canada Increases Again, With Corresponding Decrease in Points Required

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:15:48 -0400

There has been a significant increase in the number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued in the latest draw from the Express Entry pool, and the number of Comprehensive Ranking System points required in order to receive an ITA has decreased for the second draw in a row. The latest draw from the pool took place the morning of September 21, 2016. A total of 1,288 ITAs were issued to candidates in the pool with 483 or more CRS points.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Leniency Period Extended Until November 9

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:09:32 -0400

The leniency period leading up to full implementation of Canada's new pre-screening system for visa-exempt visitors has been been extended until November 9, 2016. The Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) system was due to become mandatory for visitors to Canada from certain countries on September 29, but this has now been delayed in order to give travelers and airlines more time to prepare for changes when flying to or transiting through Canada.

Immigration to Nova Scotia at Highest Levels for Over a Decade

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:27:00 -0400

A comprehensive immigration report published this week by the government of Nova Scotia reveals that 2015 was a breakthrough year for the province, and it looks like 2016 will see even more positive news.

In 2015, 3,403 people settled in Nova Scotia as permanent residents — the highest level for more than 10 years. Remarkably, this figure has already been eclipsed for just the first half of 2016, with 3,418 newcomers having made the province their home by the end of June. More than 1,000 of those newcomers are Syrian refugees who began arriving in December, 2015.

British Columbia Invites Wide Range of Candidates to Apply for Immigration to Canada Through the BC PNP

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:01:02 -0400

The province of British Columbia has invited a total of 477 candidates to apply for immigration to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in the latest draw for that program, which took place on September 15, 2016. More than half of the Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued to international graduates, with the remaining ITAs issued to skilled, semi-skilled and entry level workers.

Canadians Want More Immigration, Says Minister After Consultations

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:42:20 -0400

Canada's Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, today stated his belief that most Canadians want to boost the overall number of immigrants coming to Canada.

Immigration Minister Says Foreign Workers in Canada May Soon Have Easier Pathway to Permanent Residence

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:49:55 -0400

Canada may soon allow easier pathways to permanent residence for temporary foreign workers, the Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, said on Sunday on national television. Details of modifications to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) are likely to be revealed in the coming weeks, with a parliamentary report on the matter set to be introduced.

Number of Invitations to Apply Issued Increases by One Third in Latest Express Entry Draw, With CRS Requirement Decreasing

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 16:56:01 -0400

The number of Invitations to Apply (ITAs) issued to Express Entry candidates for immigration to Canada has increased to 1,000 in the latest draw from the pool, which took place on September 7, 2016. The past nine draws have each seen between 750 and 800 ITAs issued, with only 750 candidates having been invited to apply in the previous draw, which took place exactly two weeks ago. The minimum number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to be issued on ITA in the September 7 draw was 491, representing a drop of 47 points since the previous draw.

Canada to Open Seven New Visa Application Centres in China

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:45:39 -0400

The government of China has stated that it will authorize Canada to open seven additional visa application centres across China. The announcement, which was widely expected following a recent visit to China by Canada's Immigration Minister, John McCallum, comes during an official visit to China by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Owner/Operator Foreign Workers Must Now Own More Than 50% of Business to Qualify for LMIA Advertising Exemption

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:22:01 -0400

The government of Canada has made an important change to the owner/operator category of foreign workers who wish to work in Canada. Foreign owner/operators must now own more than 50 percent of the business in order to qualify for an exemption from the advertising requirements that are typically a prerequisite for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) application.

Saskatchewan's International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category Reopens for up to 700 new Applications

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 18:52:17 -0400

The International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) reopened the morning of Tuesday, August 30, 2016. This SINP sub-category allows skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan to make an application for a provincial nomination certificate, which is then followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Interestingly, applicants do not require a job offer in order to make an application. Up to 700 new applications for immigration to Canada may be accepted in this intake.

Latest BC PNP Draw Sees Workers, Graduates and Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for Immigration to Canada

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 22:23:29 -0400

On August 24, 2016, a total of 598 candidates for immigration to British Columbia, Canada were issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). These ITAs were issued to a range of candidates who had previously expressed an interest in immigrating to the province.

The vast majority of ITAs were issued to candidates in categories under the BC PNP Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS), with the remaining ITAs issued to candidates in the Entrepreneur Immigration stream pool.

Manitoba Invites 714 Candidates to Immigrate to Canada Through Provincial Nominee Program

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:49:40 -0400

A total of 714 candidates for immigration to Canada through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) have been issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) in the latest draw under the Expression of Interest (EOI) immigration system, which took place on August 24, 2016. This is the 20th draw in total since the system was first introduced last year. This province, located in central Canada, issues LAAs through two sub-categories of the Skilled Workers category of the MPNP. A total of 176 LAAs were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 538 LAAs were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category.

Montreal Board of Trade Calls For Increased Immigration to Quebec

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:31:39 -0400

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has called on the government of Quebec to increase the overall annual intake of immigrants to the province, from around 50,000 to 60,000. The recommendations were presented yesterday to the Committee on Citizen Relations as part of consultations on immigration planning in Quebec for the period 2017-2019.

IRCC Invites 750 Express Entry Candidates to Apply for Immigration to Canada

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:25:29 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to 750 candidates in the Express Entry pool. The latest draw from the pool, and the 41st in total since the selection system was launched in January, 2015, took place on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Candidates with 538 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were issued an ITA.

1,500 US Boaters Accidentally Float to Canada During Windy Port Huron 'Float Down'

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:47:00 -0400

Canadian authorities in Sarnia, Ontario had some unexpected guests on Sunday, August 21, after approximately 1,500 US residents accidentally floated to Canada during the Port Huron Float Down, an annual event on the St.Clair river that divides the US state of Michigan from Ontario. The trespassing flotilla of dinghies, inner tubes and rafts was no match for strong winds that whipped up throughout the afternoon.

Leading CEO Recommends Canada Ramps up Immigration Levels to One Million per Year

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:53:44 -0400

The Chief Executive Officer of one of Canada’s leading pension funds has recommended that Canada more than triples its existing levels of immigration over the coming years. John Ruffolo, CEO of OMERS Ventures, the venture arm of OMERS, one of Canada's leading pension funds, says that innovation and talent acquisition can solve Canada’s growth dilemma. Ruffolo also serves as vice-chair of the Council of Canadian Innovators.

Government Wants to Bring Immigrants, Workers and Students to Locations Throughout Canada

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:48:00 -0400

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, has said that the government of Canada hopes to bring even more newcomers to Canada, but as housing prices skyrocket in Vancouver and Toronto his government hopes to lure them to other locations. Minister McCallum also cited labour market shortages and aging populations as further reasons to populate certain regions.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program Reaches Intake Cap Within Hours of Opening

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 21:23:03 -0400

The submission period for applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has closed at 1:19 p.m. on August 16, hours after opening at 8:30 a.m. the same day. The maximum number of 5,000 applications to the QSWP were received through Mon projet Québec, the online immigration application management system used by the government of Quebec to receive applications for the QSWP.

Canada’s Immigration Minister Wants to “Increase Substantially the Number of Immigrants”

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:05:55 -0400

John McCallum, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, has stated his goal of significantly increasing immigration to Canada beyond its current record level as a way to fill the country's labour needs and rise to the demographic challenges faced by an aging population.

754 Candidates for Immigration to Canada Invited to Apply for Permanent Residence in Latest Express Entry Draw

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 16:35:11 -0400

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 754 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw took place the morning of August 10, 2016, and is the fortieth draw since the Canadian immigration selection system was launched in January, 2015. Each candidate who received an ITA had 490 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Canada Plans to Increase Number of Visa Offices in China

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 23:09:22 -0400

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, is currently in Beijing to meet with representatives from the Chinese Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Public Security to discuss opening five new Canadian visa offices across China.

Government of Canada Urged World Social Forum Organizers to Seek Private Assistance for Visa Issues

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:01:00 -0400

As the 2016 World Social Forum gets underway in Montreal today, it is likely that many would-be delegates and invitees will not be in attendance. Many applications for Temporary Residents Visas (TRVs), also known as visitor visas, were rejected by the government of Canada, or were not processed in time for the event.

Director at Canadian Immigration Representatives Regulatory Body Wins Consumer Protection Award

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 17:22:24 -0400

The Director of Communications at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), Daniel Roukema, has received the 2016 Consumer Protection Award from the American Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulations (CLEAR). This award recognizes that the ICCRC actively improves the Canadian immigration procedure for clients who retain the services of an authorized Canadian immigration representative.

BC Invites Candidates to Apply for Immigration to Canada through BC PNP in August 4 Draw

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:50:11 -0400

The province of British Columbia (BC) has issued 602 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to candidates for immigration to Canada through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). The ITAs were issued across three categories: Express Entry BC - Skilled Worker, Express Entry BC - International Graduate, and Skills Immigration – Entry Level and Semi-Skilled.

Manitoba Invites 609 Candidates to Apply to Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:54:38 -0400

Manitoba has conducted the nineteenth draw under its Expression of Interest (EOI) immigration system, with a total of 609 candidates issued a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) on July 29, 2016. This province, located in central Canada, issues LAAs through two sub-categories of the Skilled Workers category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP); 155 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 454 LAAs were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category.

IRCC Invites 755 Candidates to Apply for Immigration to Canada in Latest Express Entry Draw

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:21:52 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has invited 755 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the latest draw from the Express Entry pool, which took place on July 27, 2016. The minimum number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for a candidate to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) was 488.

B.C. to tax Foreign Buyers of Property in Metro Vancouver

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:18:42 -0400

As of August 2, 2016, foreign buyers of residential property in the Vancouver area will have to pay an extra 15 percent tax. The new tax, which was unveiled this week by the government of British Columbia (B.C.), is part of provincial plan to slow the foreign speculation that many blame for making the region’s homes the most unaffordable in Canada.

Pokémon Go-Getters Got More than they Bargained for Crossing U.S.-Canada Border Illegally

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:27:23 -0400

Two Canadian teenagers found unexpected trouble over the weekend while playing Pokémon Go, the augmented-reality mobile-based video game that is taking the world by storm. While immersed in the virtual world, they were apprehended illegally crossing the border into the United States.

IRCC Issues Guidelines for Haitian and Zimbabwean Nationals Applying for Permanent Residence in Canada

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:01:56 -0400

The federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has published an operational bulletin covering the temporary public policy for applications for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds as a result of lifting the temporary suspension of removals (TSR) on Haiti and Zimbabwe.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker - Express Entry Sub-Category Reopens

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:45:24 -0400

The International Skilled Worker - Express Entry sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has reopened. The government of Saskatchewan updated its website the morning of Wednesday, July 20 to announce that this Canadian immigration option was now open to new applications.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program to Begin Accepting New Applications as of August 16

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:14:48 -0400

Today, July 19, Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion (MIDI) announced that the next intake period for the popular Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will open on August 16, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Montreal time, and will receive up to 5,000 applications. The intake period may remain open until August 22, or until the intake cap of 5,000 applicants is reached, whichever occurs soonest.

Quebec Skilled Worker Program to Begin Accepting New Applications as of August 16

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 23:14:48 -0400

Today, July 19, Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion (MIDI) announced that the next intake period for the popular Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will open on August 16, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Montreal time, and will receive up to 5,000 applications. The intake period may remain open until August 22, or until the intake cap of 5,000 applicants is reached, whichever occurs soonest.

Changes to Study Permit Regulations Aim to Counter System Abuse

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:23:00 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC) has updated the conditions for issuing a study permit to a student who is required to complete a prerequisite program before he or she begins a second program in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI).

CRS Point Requirement Remains Steady in Latest Express Entry Draw for Immigration to Canada

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:24:31 -0400

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required by candidates for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry selection system to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence remained at 482 in the latest draw from the pool, which took place on July 13. A total of 747 candidates were invited to apply.

Quebec Launches Campaign to Promote Free French-Language Classes for Immigrants

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:04:28 -0400

Quebec’s Minister of Immigration Kathleen Weil has announced a new promotional campaign to encourage immigrant enrollment in French-language courses. The $750,000 initiative will focus on promoting courses through social media and community websites, as well as in newspapers, on the radio and on public transport. Ms Weil outlined the plan yesterday, Monday July 11.

Historic Immigration Agreement Signed Between Newfoundland and Government of Canada

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 23:00:23 -0400

The first ever Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Immigration Agreement was signed by Canada’s Minister of Immigration John McCallum and Newfoundland’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skill, Gerry Byrne, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, this week. This agreement intends to improve connections between the provincial and federal governments in order to encourage immigration to Newfoundland and Labrador.

Canada’s Immigration Minister Commits to ‘Streamlining Things’ and ‘Getting rid of Silly Rules’

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 20:02:31 -0400

In discussion with local community members in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canadian Minister of Immigration John McCallum emphasised that his department is “committed to streamlining things, to getting rid of silly rules, to improving the way the system operates.”

Canada Set to Lift Visa Requirement for Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 21:40:34 -0400

The government of Canada is set to remove Romania and Bulgaria from the list of countries whose citizens require visas in order to travel to Canada. Immigration Minister John McCallum is expected in Brussels this week, where it is expected that progress will be made on resolving a long-standing visa dispute with the two Eastern European countries, both of which are members of the European Union (EU).

Leaders of Canada's Atlantic Provinces Announce new Immigration Strategy with Federal Government

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 22:48:56 -0400

Canada's Atlantic provinces are set for a boost in immigration numbers after the federal government, together with the Premiers of the Atlantic provinces, announced a new pilot program to facilitate the entry of more immigrants through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). The plan is part of a new Atlantic Growth Strategy.

Nova Scotia MP Touts New Immigration Policy for Atlantic Canada

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:24:49 -0400

A Liberal Member of Parliament (MP), Scott Brison, has said that the key to more economic and social growth in Atlantic Canada is attracting more “new Canadians” to the region.

British Columbia Issues Invitations to Apply for Immigration Across Five BC PNP Categories

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:31:19 -0400

The government of British Columbia, a province situated on Canada's west coast, has issued a total of 319 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) in a draw that took place on June 29, 2016. These ITAs were issued to a range of candidates who had previously expressed an interest in immigrating to the province.

551 Skilled Workers Invited to Apply for Immigration to Manitoba in June 29 Draw

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:49:24 -0400

The Canadian province of Manitoba, located in central Canada, has conducted the 18th draw for the Skilled Worker category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). A total of 173 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 378 LAAs were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas sub-category, making for a total number of 551 LAAs issued in this draw.

Latest Express Entry Draw for Immigration to Canada Sees Slight Decrease in CRS Point Requirement

Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:36:35 -0400

Candidates for immigration to Canada through the Express Entry selection system with a total of 482 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in the latest draw from the Express Entry pool, which tool place on June 29. A total of 773 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued.

Canada to Lift Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) Requirement for Mexican Visitors

Tue, 28 Jun 2016 23:03:01 -0400

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the government of Canada will lift the visa requirement for citizens of Mexico as of December 1, 2016. This announcement was made on day two of a three-day visit from Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and comes as proof of Canada’s priority to re-establish a strong relationship with Mexico, one of its most important international partners.

Canada Cancels Planned July 1 Change to Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:50:16 -0400

The government of Canada has announced that it is freezing the 20 per cent cap on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers a company can hire. The cap, which was set to go down to 10 per cent next week, will instead stay where it is.

'Mon projet Québec' Reopens For The Creation of New Accounts

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:26:02 -0400

Individuals who are interested in immigrating to the Canadian province of Quebec, but who have not yet created an account in the online secure space Mon projet Québec, may now create one with a view to the next application intake period, the dates for which are due to be announced shortly. Mon projet Québec is an online immigration application management system used by the Canadian province of Quebec in order to process applications under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Saskatchewan's International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category Is Now Open For New Applications

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:22:41 -0400

A popular Canadian immigration option in Saskatchewan has reopened for new applications.

The International Skilled Worker: Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) — one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) — allows skilled workers with experience in an in-demand occupation in Saskatchewan to make an application for a provincial nomination certificate, which is then followed by an application for Canadian permanent residence. Interestingly, applicants do not require a job offer in order to make an application.

Canadian Government Promises to Speed Up Immigration Process for Foreign Workers Joining Tech Firms

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:56:53 -0400

On June 14, 2016, the Canadian government launched its new innovation strategy, which includes a vow to speed up the immigration process for foreign skilled workers joining rapidly growing tech firms.

IRCC Issues 752 Invitations to Apply in the Thirteenth Express Entry Draw of 2016

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:09:40 -0400

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 752 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw was conducted the morning of June 15, 2016 and is the thirteenth to take place so far this year. Each candidate who received an ITA had 488 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

'Mon projet Québec' Reaches Intake Cap within Hours of Opening

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 22:04:09 -0400

Mon projet Québec, the online immigration application management system used by the government of Quebec for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), has reached its maximum number of 5,000 applications submitted within hours. The intake period, which began at 8:30 a.m. this morning (Montreal time), closed at 12:58 p.m. this afternoon.

Application Intake Period for QSWP Begins Today

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 17:21:14 -0400

An application intake period for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) began today, June 13, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. (Montreal time). During this intake period, candidates who have already created an account in the Mon projet Québec system, the online immigration application management system used by the government of Quebec for its QSWP, can submit an application for a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de séléction du Québec (CSQ). With a CSQ, candidates can apply to the federal government for Canadian permanent resident status.

The Best Destinations for New Immigrants to Canada in 2016 are Revealed

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:36:50 -0400

Ultimately, it was the nation's capital, Ottawa, which came in first place.

British Columbia Issues Invitations to Apply to International Graduates and Entry Level/Semi-Skilled Workers

Mon, 06 Jun 2016 18:40:49 -0400

The Canadian province of British Columbia has issued a further 194 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) through two categories: Express Entry B.C. – International Graduate and Skills Immigration – Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled. The ITAs were issued to a range of candidates on June 2.

Latest Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration Sees Slight Decrease in CRS Point Requirement

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:00:34 -0400

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required for candidates in the Express Entry pool to be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence has decreased by one point in the latest draw, the twelfth to take place so far this year. A total of 762 candidates were issued an ITA on June 1, 2016, with the CRS point requirement set at 483.

The previous draw, which took place on May 18, required candidates to have 484 points in order to be invited to apply.

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Stream Issues 16 Invitations in May 31 Draw

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 23:13:19 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 16 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) yesterday in a draw for its Entrepreneur Immigration stream. The minimum score requirement for this draw was 133, which is in line with the previous draws for this stream.

BC PNP Entrepreneur Immigration Stream Issues 16 Invitations in May 31 Draw

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 23:13:19 -0400

The British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) issued 16 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) yesterday in a draw for its Entrepreneur Immigration stream. The minimum score requirement for this draw was 133, which is in line with the previous draws for this stream.

New Stream Allows Employers to Hire French-Speaking Workers Without Going through LMIA Process

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:33:35 -0400

The Government of Canada is launching a new work permit option today under the International Mobility Program (IMP) called Mobilité Francophone. This stream aims to make hiring francophone skilled workers more straightforward for employers in certain regions of Canada.

Quebec Investor Program Reopens for up to 1,900 new Applications

Mon, 30 May 2016 23:18:33 -0400

The popular Quebec Investor Program has reopened for up to 1,900 new applications, as of May 30, 2016. Of the 1,900 applications that may be accepted, a maximum of 1,330 applications may be accepted from nationals of the People's Republic of China, including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

Quebec Investor Program Reopens for up to 1,900 new Applications

Mon, 30 May 2016 23:18:33 -0400

The popular Quebec Investor Program has reopened for up to 1,900 new applications, as of May 30, 2016. Of the 1,900 applications that may be accepted, a maximum of 1,330 applications may be accepted from nationals of the People's Republic of China, including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao.

Quebec to Introduce 'Virtual Waiting Room' for Approaching QSWP Intake Period

Mon, 30 May 2016 22:30:01 -0400

The government of Quebec plans to implement an online 'virtual waiting room' in time for the approaching application intake period for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), which is scheduled to begin June 13, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. EST (Montréal time).

Special Measures in Place for Foreign Workers, Students, Permanent Residents and Citizens Following Alberta Wildfires

Mon, 30 May 2016 18:10:41 -0400

The federal government has announced a range of special measures to support foreign workers, international students, permanent residents, and Canadian citizens affected by wildfires in Northern Alberta earlier this month.

'Mon Projet Québec' Offline Until June 1

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:42:51 -0400

Mon projet Québec, the immigration application management system used by the government of Quebec for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), will be offline from May 26 until 8.30 a.m. (Montreal time/E.S.T.) on June 1. The stated reason for the system being offline is due to technical maintenance of the system.

'Mon Projet Québec' Offline Until June 1

Thu, 26 May 2016 16:42:51 -0400

Mon projet Québec, the immigration application management system used by the government of Quebec for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), will be offline from May 26 until 8.30 a.m. (Montreal time/E.S.T.) on June 1. The stated reason for the system being offline is due to technical maintenance of the system.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Worker Express Entry and Employment Offer Sub-Categories Are Open

Thu, 19 May 2016 23:01:13 -0400

The government of Saskatchewan has made a number of important updates to the International Skilled Worker portion of its Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). The SINP is Saskatchewan’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

Eleventh Express Entry Draw of 2016 Sees Decrease in CRS Point Requirement for Immigration to Canada

Wed, 18 May 2016 18:57:19 -0400

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required for candidates in the Express Entry pool to be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence has decreased in the latest draw, the eleventh to take place so far this year. A total of 763 candidates were issued an ITA on May 18, 2016, with the CRS point requirement set at 484.

British Columbia Has Immigration Allocation Increased, With More Candidates Issued Invitations in May 12 Draw

Mon, 16 May 2016 18:59:33 -0400

The Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.) has seen a slight increase in the overall annual nomination allocation for its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP), with the figure rising from 5,800 from an initial allocation of 5,500 for 2016.

British Columbia Has Immigration Allocation Increased, With More Candidates Issued Invitations in May 12 Draw

Mon, 16 May 2016 18:59:33 -0400

The Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.) has seen a slight increase in the overall annual nomination allocation for its British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP), with the figure rising from 5,800 from an initial allocation of 5,500 for 2016.

AINP Applicants Affected by Northern Alberta Wildfires Given Additional Time to Maintain Eligibility

Fri, 13 May 2016 16:41:08 -0400

The government of Alberta has announced that applicants to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) who have been affected by the recent wildfires in the Fort McMurray area will be given an additional year to maintain eligibility while their application is in the queue awaiting processing.

Government of Canada Moves Closer to Major Changes in Citizenship Law

Thu, 12 May 2016 18:32:06 -0400

The Liberal government of Canada is edging closer to reversing controversial changes to the way Canada grants citizenship that were brought in under the previous government, which was led by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Alberta Announces Dedicated Phone Line for Immigrants and Foreign Workers After Fort McMurray Fire

Wed, 11 May 2016 17:21:12 -0400

Following the devastating forest fire in Northern Alberta around the city of Fort McMurray, the government of Alberta has created a dedicated toll-free phone line for new immigrants, foreign workers, and applicants under the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) who have been displaced over recent days.

Ontario Places Temporary Pause on Certain Immigration Streams, Other Streams Remain Open

Tue, 10 May 2016 18:08:14 -0400

The Canadian province of Ontario has announced that it is temporarily pausing the intake of applications for select streams through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), while other OINP streams remain open.

Canada and U.S. Agree New Preclearance System for Certain Border Crossings by Land

Mon, 09 May 2016 19:04:15 -0400

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama have announced a new pilot project that will change the way people cross the border from Canada into the United States. This project will extend the preclearance system already used in many airports to travel between the two countries by land.

Quebec Entrepreneur Immigration Program Reaches Intake Cap, Though French Speakers May Still Apply

Mon, 09 May 2016 18:29:37 -0400

The Quebec Entrepreneur program, one of Quebec's three business immigration programs, has reached the maximum number of applications that may be accepted for the most recent application cycle. The program has reopened for new applications on April 1, 2016, with a limit of 50 applications that were to be accepted.

IRCC Issues 799 Invitations to Apply in Latest Express Entry Draw for Immigration to Canada

Fri, 06 May 2016 18:15:20 -0400

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly CIC) has issued 799 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the latest Express Entry draw for immigration to Canada. The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for candidates to be invited to apply was 534, representing a significant increase compared with other draws that have taken place so far this year.

The number of ITAs issued (799) is by far the fewest in that have been issued in a single draw for over a year. This factor is likely to have had some bearing on the increase in the CRS point requirement for this draw, which represents something of an anomaly. More than 1,000 ITAs are issued in a typical Express Entry draw.

Canada's Start-Up Visa Program Sees Increase in New Permanent Residents

Thu, 05 May 2016 23:00:19 -0400

Canada's Start-Up Visa Program continues to grow, with 51 entrepreneurs having now become permanent residents of Canada through the program as of May 2, 2016.

Canada detains South Sudanese 'teen' basketball star who turns out to be 29

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:43:47 -0400

A 29-year-old man from South Sudan, Jonathan Elia Nicola, has been detained by Canadian authorities after it was found that he had included false information about his age on his application for a Canadian study permit.

Date for Full Implementation of electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) Announced

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:20:18 -0400

Mark your calendars — the date for the full implementation of Canada's new pre-screening system for visa-exempt visitors has been announced. As of September 29, 2016, travellers to Canada from certain countries must have an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and persons with a valid Canadian visa.

International Experience Canada (IEC) Technical Issues 'Have Been Fixed'

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:08:00 -0400

Technical issues that had put a halt to the application process under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program 'have been fixed,' according to a notice that appeared today on the government of Canada's website.

Technical Issues Affecting Applicants Under International Experience Canada (IEC) Program

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:21:36 -0400

Multiple technical issues affecting the application process for the International Experience Canada (IEC) program have been causing frustration among individuals wishing to come to Canada through the program.

Newfoundland Announces New Application Fees for Skilled Worker Categories

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:55:50 -0400

The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced that, as of May 1, 2016, application fees for the Skilled Worker and Express Entry Skilled Worker categories will increase to $250 CAD per application. These categories form part of the Newfoundland And Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP).

Manitoba Issues 150 Letters of Advice to Apply under Business Investor Stream

Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:21:00 -0400

The Canadian province of Manitoba issued 150 Letters of Advice to Apply (LAAs) between January 5, 2016 and April 20, 2016 under the Business Investor Stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP), equivalent to 10 LAAs per week over the period in question. The majority of LAAs were issued to candidates from China.

PEI to Host Express Entry Information Session for Local Employers

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 21:19:27 -0400

The Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) will be hosting a series of Express Entry information sessions for employers next week. The sessions will be run by the Office of Immigration and Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning, in conjunction with the federal department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC).

CRS Point Requirement Dips in Latest Express Entry Draw for Immigration to Canada

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:07:28 -0400

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for candidates in the Express Entry pool to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence has dropped in the latest draw from the Express Entry pool, which was conducted the morning of April 20, 2016. A total of 1,018 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) were issued to candidates with 468 or more CRS points, representing a slight decrease from the two previous draws, both of which selected candidates with 470 or more CRS points.

Quebec to Hold Off on Target to Increase Immigration Levels to 60,000

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 17:59:38 -0400

In what opposition parties have labeled a government backtrack, Quebec's Immigration Minister, Kathleen Weil, has said that the the province will maintain its current immigration levels of 50,000 for the next couple of years. Last month, the government of Quebec announced a proposal for a new immigration framework called 'Ensemble, nous sommes le Québec' (Together, We Are Quebec), with the government proposing that overall immigration levels could reach 60,000.

CRS Point Requirement Remains at 470 in Latest Draw from the Express Entry Pool

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:07:23 -0400

The number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required in order for candidates in the Express Entry pool to be invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence has remained at 470. The latest draw from the pool was conducted the morning of April 6, 2016, with 954 candidates for immigration to Canada receiving Invitations to Apply (ITAs).

Quebec Reopens Business Immigration Programs for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Self-Employed Persons

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 17:38:32 -0400

The Canadian province of Quebec has announced reopening dates for its business immigration programs, including the popular Quebec Investor Program, which will reopen for up to 1,900 new applications on May 30, 2016. The Entrepreneur and Self-Employed categories reopen with immediate effect, though for only 50 applications each. Candidates for the Investor and Entrepreneur categories with advanced intermediate French proficiency are exempt from the application cap.

Immigration Minister Announces Increased Intake of Privately-Sponsored Syrian Refugees

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:28:53 -0400

Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, has announced that an additional 10,000 applications from private sponsorship groups wishing to help resettle Syrian refugees are scheduled to be processed this year.

1,014 Candidates for Immigration to Canada Invited to Apply in Latest Express Entry Draw

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 16:58:33 -0400

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool, the 30th draw since the system was introduced last year, has seen a total of 1,014 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The draw took place on March 23, 2016, and each candidate who received an ITA had 470 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

New Mobilité Francophone Stream Will Remove LMIA Requirement for Hiring Certain French Speakers Outside Quebec

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 21:17:27 -0400

The government of Canada has announced a new stream within the International Mobility Program that aims to attract skilled international French speakers to regions outside the province of Quebec.

Nova Scotia has Provincial Nomination Immigration Cap Increased

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 21:59:34 -0400

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has been granted an additional 300 spaces for its Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP), bringing the total annual allocation cap for the NSNP to 1,350. The news follows extensive lobbying of the federal government by the government of Nova Scotia.

Canada Looks to Ease Pathway to Permanent Residence for International Students

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:40:45 -0400

The Liberal government of Canada is seeking to find ways to make it simpler and more straightforward for international students in Canada to transition to permanent resident status once they have completed their studies in Canada.

Sixth Express Entry Draw of 2016 for Immigration to Canada Sees 1,013 ITAs Issued

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:13:54 -0500

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 1,013 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The 29th draw took place on March 9, 2016, and each candidate who received an ITA had 473 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Sixth Express Entry Draw of 2016 for Immigration to Canada Sees 1,013 ITAs Issued

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:13:54 -0500

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 1,013 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The 29th draw took place on March 9, 2016, and each candidate who received an ITA had 473 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Canada Aims to Welcome up to 305,000 new Permanent Residents in 2016 Across all Immigration Categories

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 19:56:46 -0500

The government of Canada has set an ambitious target in its 2016 Immigration Levels Plan, aiming to welcome up to 305,000 new permanent residents over the course of this year across a range of economic, family, and refugee/humanitarian immigration categories.

Quebec Immigration Minister Announces New Immigration Plan: 'Together, We Are Québec'

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:40:58 -0500

In a news conference today, Québec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil provided the framework of a new immigration policy aimed at attracting immigrants to the Canadian province who are more likely to succeed in the provincial labour market.

Canada Postpones Full Implementation of Electronic Travel Authorization

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 23:25:41 -0500

The government of Canada is delaying until the fall (autumn) the enforcement of a new electronic travel authorization (eTA) system for individuals exempt from the requirement to obtain a temporary resident visa (TRV) before they may enter Canada. The system was scheduled to be mandatory from March 15, 2016.

Canadian Immigration Minister Says Department Will Apply Lessons to Reduce Processing Times

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 18:18:42 -0500

Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, has stated that his department aims to speed up processing times for family class immigration, economic immigrants and refugee claimants by applying the lessons it learned from bringing 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada over recent months.

Government of Canada Plans to Remove Conditional Permanent Residence Provision for Sponsored Spouses and Partners

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:50:07 -0500

The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC), John McCallum, has stated that the government of Canada is planning on introducing changes in the “next couple of months” that will grant permanent resident status to all sponsored spouses of Canadians immediately upon arriving in Canada.

Canada Officially Reaches Target of Resettling 25,000 Syrian Refugees

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 18:22:37 -0500

The 25,000th Syrian refugee to land in Canada since the current government took office in November touched down in Montreal on February 27, 2016 — two days ahead of schedule. This important milestone represents a key success for the department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC), and its Minister, John McCallum.

Intake Cap for Parent and Grandparent Program for Immigration to Canada Formally Raised to 10,000

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:52:16 -0500

As has been widely expected, the number of applications to be accepted annually for the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) has been doubled from 5,000 to 10,000. Through the PGP, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada permanently.

Intake Cap for Parent and Grandparent Program for Immigration to Canada Formally Raised to 10,000

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:52:16 -0500

As has been widely expected, the number of applications to be accepted annually for the Parent and Grandparent Program (PGP) has been doubled from 5,000 to 10,000. Through the PGP, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their parents and grandparents to immigrate to Canada permanently.

Quebec Immigration Minister Announces June Dates for Online QSWP Applications

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:27:00 -0500

Quebec's Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Kathleen Weil, has announced that online applications for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) will be suspended until June 13, 2016.

Major Changes to be Made to Canadian Citizenship Legislation as Government Plans to Repeal Parts of C-24

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 19:46:05 -0500

As expected, the Liberal government of Canada has introduced a bill that would repeal many parts of the former Conservative government’s citizenship legislation, known as Bill C-24. With a majority government in place, significant amendments to the Citizenship Act are widely expected to come into force in the near future.

Government of Canada to Repeal Bill C-24 on Citizenship

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:08:09 -0500

Major changes to the Canadian Citizenship Act are expected to be announced over the coming days, with Canada's Immigration Minister stating that the Liberal government will soon follow through on its election pledge to repeal the controversial Bill C-24, which was brought in by the previous Conservative government.

Latest Express Entry Draw for Immigration to Canada sees CRS Point Requirement Decrease

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:05:33 -0500

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 1,484 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The 28th draw took place on February 24, 2016, and each candidate who received an ITA had 453 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. This latest draw is good news to prospective applicants, as it marks the second time this year that the CRS point requirement has been as low as 453.

Multiple-Entry Visas for Entry to Canada Promoted by IRCC

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 19:58:15 -0500

The department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued a program delivery update concerning temporary entry to Canada. This update notes that multiple-entry visas should now be considered the standard, and any single-entry visa issuance requires officers to provide an explanation recorded in the application notes.

Government of Canada Plans to Make Changes to Canadian Citizenship Act

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 19:52:33 -0500

The Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, has said that Ottawa is looking to make changes to how immigrants to Canada may become citizens.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program Faces Review by Government of Canada

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 20:43:21 -0500

A full-scale review of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which allows Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals to fill labour shortages in Canada, appears imminent. MaryAnn Mihychuk, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour in the Liberal government of Canada, has said that she will ask a parliamentary committee for proposals to optimize the program.

Mon Projet Québec System Experiences Technical Glitches Upon Scheduled Opening for new Submissions

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 19:26:11 -0500

The Mon projet Québec application management system, a new secure online space for managing applications to the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) for immigration to Canada, has been experiencing significant technical problems through the morning of February 16, 2016.

Foreign Students May Get Post-Grad Work Permits After All Following 'Distance Learning' Quarrel

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:08:17 -0500

In a case that may have wider ramifications for certain foreign students in Canada, the Federal Court has ordered Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to reconsider the post-graduation work permit (PGWP) application of a foreign student whose initial application was rejected because he took some of his courses online.

Quebec Confirms that Summer Intake Period is Scheduled for Skilled Worker Program

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 23:14:34 -0500

The government of Quebec has updated its website and, for the first time, publicized its intention to reopen the popular Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) for Canadian immigration in the summer of 2016.

Immigration Remains Main Driver of Population Growth in Canadian Census Metropolitan Areas

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:35:27 -0500

A Statistics Canada report has found that international migration remains the principal source of population growth in census metropolitan areas (CMAs), particularly in Western Canada. The study covers the years 2014/2015.

IRCC Updates Instructions on Procedures Related to Police Certificates and Express Entry Completeness Checks

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 19:25:58 -0500

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, formerly known as CIC) has provided updates to the published instructions on police certificates with respect to the Express Entry selection system for immigration to Canada.

1,505 Candidates Invited to Apply for Immigration to Canada in 27th Express Entry Draw

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:29:59 -0500

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool has seen a total of 1,505 candidates being issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence. The 27th draw took place on February 10, 2016, and each candidate who received an ITA had 459 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. The Express Entry immigration selection system allows Canada to invite candidates who have made an 'Expression of Interest' in immigrating to Canada to apply on a priority basis.

Citizens of Haiti and Zimbabwe Given six Additional Months to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 18:39:05 -0500

The government of Canada has approved a measure that will allow nationals of Haiti and Zimbabwe six additional months to apply for permanent residence without risk of removal from Canada.

Quebec Plans to Reopen Skilled Worker Immigration Program in May or June, After Imminent Application Intake Period

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 00:57:51 -0500

Thousands expected to submit applications for popular Canadian immigration program in 2016

Next application cycle opens for new submissions at 8.30 a.m. EST on February 16

The Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion (MIDI), the government ministry overseeing immigration to Quebec, Canada, is planning on reopening the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) in May or June of this year. The MIDI disclosed this information at a meeting with stakeholders on February 8, 2016.

British Columbia Lobbies Federal Government for Increased PNP Allocation

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:03:41 -0500

The government of British Columbia (B.C.) has stated that it has asked the federal government for a significant boost in the number of immigrants who can come to the province through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). B.C. is asking for its allocation to be increased from 5,500 to 9,000.

Graduates Outside Canada can now Submit Application for Post-Graduate Work Permit Online

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:56:48 -0500

Graduates who completed their studies in Canada and who wish to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit can now submit their application online if their country of residence is not Canada. Previously, only applicants within Canada could apply online through MyCIC. This program update came into effect as of February 5, 2016.

Quebec Skilled Worker Candidates Have Less Than Three Weeks Left Before They May Submit Applications

Fri, 29 Jan 2016 23:03:58 -0500

Candidates who successfully created an account under the Mon projet Québec online system, through which applications to immigrate to Canada under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program must be made, may submit an application for a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) as of February 16, 2016.

B.C. Announces New Skilled Immigration System to Meet Economic Needs

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 23:37:30 -0500

The Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.) has announced that is implementing a new Skills Immigration Registration System (SIRS) for the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), one of Canada's Provincial Nominee Programs. The government of B.C. stated that SIRS is aligned with British Columbia's labour market and economic development priorities.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Reopens for new Applications to Immigrate to Canada

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:22:44 -0500

Alberta has reopened its Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) or new applications. The AINP is one of Canada’s Provincial Nominee Programs, which allow provinces such as Alberta to nominate individuals for permanent immigration to Canada.

Third Express Entry Draw This Month Sees 1,468 Candidates Invited to Apply for Immigration to Canada

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:35:09 -0500

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool, and the 26th since the immigration selection system was launched just over a year ago, took place on January 28, 2016. A total of 1,468 Invitations To Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 457 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Third Express Entry Draw This Month Sees 1,468 Candidates Invited to Apply for Immigration to Canada

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 19:35:09 -0500

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool, and the 26th since the immigration selection system was launched just over a year ago, took place on January 28, 2016. A total of 1,468 Invitations To Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 457 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Mon Projet Québec: New Date Announced for Beginning of Submission Period for Skilled Immigration to Quebec, Canada

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:52:09 -0500

The government of Quebec has announced that the upcoming application intake period for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has been postponed. This decision was taken in response to technical issues experienced by potential applicants through the new Mon projet Québec online application system, which was launched last week.

Mon Projet Québec: New Date Announced for Beginning of Submission Period for Skilled Immigration to Quebec, Canada

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:52:09 -0500

The government of Quebec has announced that the upcoming application intake period for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has been postponed. This decision was taken in response to technical issues experienced by potential applicants through the new Mon projet Québec online application system, which was launched last week.

Significant Decrease in CRS Point Requirement in 25th Express Entry Draw for Immigration to Canada

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:46:00 -0500

The latest draw from the Express Entry pool, and the 25th since the immigration selection system was launched just over a year ago, took place on January 13, 2016. This draw sees a decrease in the number of Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points required by candidates for Canadian immigration in order to receive an Invitation To Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence.

Slight Change made to Settlement Funds Requirement for Skilled Immigration to Canada

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:39:07 -0500

Applicants for immigration to Canada through certain federal skilled immigration categories under the Express Entry selection system will have to demonstrate slightly more settlement funds when making an application. The new requirement came into effect on January 12, 2016.

Slight Change made to Settlement Funds Requirement for Skilled Immigration to Canada

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:39:07 -0500

Applicants for immigration to Canada through certain federal skilled immigration categories under the Express Entry selection system will have to demonstrate slightly more settlement funds when making an application. The new requirement came into effect on January 12, 2016.

Quebec Provides Update on Delivery of Services Through ‘Mon Projet Québec’ Immigration System

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:54:46 -0500

The government of Quebec has released a news update regarding Mon projet Québec, an online immigration application management system used by the province of Quebec to process applications under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Quebec Provides Update on Delivery of Services Through ‘Mon Projet Québec’ Immigration System

Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:54:46 -0500

The government of Quebec has released a news update regarding Mon projet Québec, an online immigration application management system used by the province of Quebec to process applications under the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

Parent and Grandparent Program for Canadian Immigration Reaches Intake Threshold

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:40:04 -0500

The Parent And Grandparent Program (PGP), a Canadian family reunification immigration program, has reached its application intake threshold for the most recent application cycle.

Parent and Grandparent Program for Canadian Immigration Reaches Intake Threshold

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:40:04 -0500

The Parent And Grandparent Program (PGP), a Canadian family reunification immigration program, has reached its application intake threshold for the most recent application cycle.

First Express Entry Draw of 2016 Sees 1,463 Candidates Invited to Apply for Immigration to Canada

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 01:01:00 -0500

The first Express Entry draw of the new year, and the 24th since the Canadian immigration selection system came was launched last year, took place on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. A total of 1,463 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 461 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Saskatchewan's Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Intake Cap Two Days After Reopening

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:34:09 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has updated its application intake thresholds for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to reflect the fact that the SINP International Skilled Workers - Express Entry sub-category has reached its cap/limit of 500 new applications.

Saskatchewan's Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Intake Cap Two Days After Reopening

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 00:34:09 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has updated its application intake thresholds for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) to reflect the fact that the SINP International Skilled Workers - Express Entry sub-category has reached its cap/limit of 500 new applications.

Manitoba Business Investor Stream for Immigration to Canada Proves Popular for Chinese Candidates

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 23:20:49 -0500

The Canadian province of Manitoba has provided some details regarding expressions of interest and applications made under its Business Investor Stream, a category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The program was first launched in February, 2015.

This stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system whereby prospective applicants submit their intention to apply to the program. The most qualified are invited to apply by receiving a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) from the MPNP.

Manitoba Business Investor Stream for Immigration to Canada Proves Popular for Chinese Candidates

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 23:20:00 -0500

The Canadian province of Manitoba has provided some details regarding expressions of interest and applications made under its Business Investor Stream, a category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). The program was first launched in February, 2015.

This stream operates on an Expression of Interest (EOI) system whereby prospective applicants submit their intention to apply to the program. The most qualified are invited to apply by receiving a Letter of Advice to Apply (LAA) from the MPNP.

Quebec Makes Important Updates to Selection Process for Skilled Worker Immigration

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 23:17:43 -0500

The Canadian province of Quebec has today made significant changes concerning the selection process for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

The QSWP allows eligible applicants to immigrate to Canada after receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) from the government of Quebec.

Quebec Makes Important Updates to Selection Process for Skilled Worker Immigration

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 23:17:43 -0500

The Canadian province of Quebec has today made significant changes concerning the selection process for its Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP).

The QSWP allows eligible applicants to immigrate to Canada after receiving a Quebec Selection Certificate/certificat de selection du Québec (CSQ) from the government of Quebec.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category Caps out Within Hours of Reopening

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:02:50 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has updated its application intake thresholds for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) for the second time in one morning. The latest modification reflects the fact that the International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the SINP has reached its cap/limit of 500 new applications.

Saskatchewan International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand Sub-Category Caps out Within Hours of Reopening

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:02:50 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has updated its application intake thresholds for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) for the second time in one morning. The latest modification reflects the fact that the International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand sub-category of the SINP has reached its cap/limit of 500 new applications.

Saskatchewan Opens all Canadian Immigration Categories of SINP for new Applications

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 22:51:13 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has reopened each of its categories within the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

Saskatchewan Opens all Canadian Immigration Categories of SINP for new Applications

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 22:51:13 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has reopened each of its categories within the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP).

Nova Scotia Introduces E-processing for Most Immigration Applications and Temporarily Halts New Applications for Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 22:45:59 -0500

December 17th, 2015 the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration announced that most prospective immigrants to Nova Scotia are able to apply for immigration through a new online system. Paper-based applications will still be accepted until the end of June 2016.

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program online application system, Mon projet Québec, will be accessible as of January 5th, 2016

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 02:39:53 -0500

On December 18th, 2015 the Ministre de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion announced that as of January 5th, 2016 candidates wishing to submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (Quebec selection certificate) under the regular Skilled Worker Program must use the online secure space Mon projet Québec.

The Quebec Skilled Worker Program online application system, Mon projet Québec, will be accessible as of January 5th, 2016

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 02:39:53 -0500

On December 18th, 2015 the Ministre de l'Immigration, de la Diversité et de l'Inclusion announced that as of January 5th, 2016 candidates wishing to submit an application for a Certificat de sélection du Québec (Quebec selection certificate) under the regular Skilled Worker Program must use the online secure space Mon projet Québec.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Application Intake Threshold

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:42:49 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) 'International Skilled Worker - Express Entry' sub-category for Canadian immigration has reached its allocation cap within two days of reopening. This is the third time in a few weeks that this sub-category of the SINP has capped out in such a short period of time.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Application Intake Threshold

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:42:49 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) 'International Skilled Worker - Express Entry' sub-category for Canadian immigration has reached its allocation cap within two days of reopening. This is the third time in a few weeks that this sub-category of the SINP has capped out in such a short period of time.

1,503 Candidates for Canadian Immigration Invited to Apply in 23rd Express Entry Draw

Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:29:44 -0500

The 23rd draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on December 18, 2015.

Canada Extends Pilot Program Allowing Certain Sponsored Spouses and Partners to Obtain Work Permits

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 20:38:12 -0500

A popular pilot program that allows certain spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to work while awaiting permanent resident (PR) status has been extended for another year. The pilot program has allowed many spouses to provide for themselves and their families, as well as gain valuable Canadian work experience, while awaiting PR status.

Canada Extends Pilot Program Allowing Certain Sponsored Spouses and Partners to Obtain Work Permits

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 20:38:12 -0500

A popular pilot program that allows certain spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to work while awaiting permanent resident (PR) status has been extended for another year. The pilot program has allowed many spouses to provide for themselves and their families, as well as gain valuable Canadian work experience, while awaiting PR status.

Canadian Employers may use Email Submission for Job Offers if Technical Difficulties in Employer Portal Persist

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 20:32:21 -0500

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced a program update concerning the International Mobility Program (IMP) and the Employer Portal.

Canadian Employers may use Email Submission for Job Offers if Technical Difficulties in Employer Portal Persist

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 20:32:21 -0500

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced a program update concerning the International Mobility Program (IMP) and the Employer Portal.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Capped Out Within Days Yet Again

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 20:11:35 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) 'International Skilled Worker - Express Entry' sub-category for Canadian immigration has reached its allocation cap within four days of reopening. This is the second time in a few weeks that this sub-category of the SINP has capped out in such a short period of time.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Capped Out Within Days Yet Again

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 20:11:35 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) 'International Skilled Worker - Express Entry' sub-category for Canadian immigration has reached its allocation cap within four days of reopening. This is the second time in a few weeks that this sub-category of the SINP has capped out in such a short period of time.

22nd Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigraton Sees CRS Point Requirement Decrease Once Again

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:52:06 -0500

The 22nd draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on December 4, 2015. A total of 1,451 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 461 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

22nd Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigraton Sees CRS Point Requirement Decrease Once Again

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:52:06 -0500

The 22nd draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on December 4, 2015. A total of 1,451 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 461 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Saskatchewan Reopens Express Entry Sub-Category for Canadian Immigration

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 19:16:14 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has announced the reopening of the ‘International Skilled Worker – Express Entry’ sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Up to 500 further applications will be accepted, as of December 2, 2015.

Saskatchewan Reopens Express Entry Sub-Category for Canadian Immigration

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 19:16:14 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has announced the reopening of the ‘International Skilled Worker – Express Entry’ sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Up to 500 further applications will be accepted, as of December 2, 2015.

Quebec’s Minister of Immigration Formally Proposes Changes to Immigration Act

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:07:12 -0500

The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion, Kathleen Weil, has tabled a draft law that, if passed, may make significant changes to the Quebec Immigration Act. Adopted in 1968, the Immigration Act in Quebec has undergone successive amendments but has never been reformed.

Quebec’s Minister of Immigration Formally Proposes Changes to Immigration Act

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:07:12 -0500

The Quebec Minister of Immigration, Diversity, and Inclusion, Kathleen Weil, has tabled a draft law that, if passed, may make significant changes to the Quebec Immigration Act. Adopted in 1968, the Immigration Act in Quebec has undergone successive amendments but has never been reformed.

602 Letters of Advice to Apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Issued by Government of Manitoba

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:25:19 -0500

The Canadian province of Manitoba, located in central Canada, has conducted its ninth draw for the Skilled Worker category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). A total of 100 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 356 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.

602 Letters of Advice to Apply to the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program Issued by Government of Manitoba

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 20:25:19 -0500

The Canadian province of Manitoba, located in central Canada, has conducted its ninth draw for the Skilled Worker category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). A total of 100 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 356 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.

CRS Point Requirement Drops in 21st Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 20:16:00 -0500

The 21st draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on November 27, 2015. A total of 1,559 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 472 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Canadian Permanent Resident Cards Redesigned

Thu, 26 Nov 2015 23:15:23 -0500

The government of Canada has announced that new permanent resident cards issued will have a fresh appearance and enhanced security features ‘to keep pace with changing technology.’

Parent And Grandparent Program For Canadian Immigration To Reopen January 4, 2016

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:33:06 -0500

The Parent And Grandparent Program (PGP) for Canadian immigration is scheduled to reopen on January 4, 2016, at 8 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Applications received before this date will not be accepted. There will be a cap on the number of applications accepted, though this figure has not yet been disclosed.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Commits to Lifting Visa Requirement for Mexican Citizens

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:29:39 -0500

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has formally committed to removing visa requirements on citizens of Mexico wishing to travel to Canada on a temporary basis. The policy was initially instigated by the previous Conservative government in 2009, following an increase in Mexicans seeking asylum in Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau Commits to Lifting Visa Requirement for Mexican Citizens

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 22:29:39 -0500

Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has formally committed to removing visa requirements on citizens of Mexico wishing to travel to Canada on a temporary basis. The policy was initially instigated by the previous Conservative government in 2009, following an increase in Mexicans seeking asylum in Canada.

Ontario Places Temporary Pause on “Base” OINP Applications

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:11:01 -0500

The province of Ontario has announced that it is not accepting new applications to the “base” streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) for Canadian immigration.

Ontario Places Temporary Pause on “Base” OINP Applications

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 22:11:01 -0500

The province of Ontario has announced that it is not accepting new applications to the “base” streams of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) for Canadian immigration.

1,506 Candidates for Canadian Immigration Invited to Apply in 20th Express Entry Draw

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:05:12 -0500

The twentieth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on November 13, 2015. A total of 1,506 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 484 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

British Columbia to Accept Limited Applications for Skills Immigration Stream

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 22:08:27 -0500

The province of British Columbia has announced that it will accept up to 50 applications for Canadian permanent residence under the Skills Immigration stream of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). The application intake period came into effect on November 10, 2015.

British Columbia to Accept Limited Applications for Skills Immigration Stream

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 22:08:27 -0500

The province of British Columbia has announced that it will accept up to 50 applications for Canadian permanent residence under the Skills Immigration stream of the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP). The application intake period came into effect on November 10, 2015.

First Application Intake for Quebec Skilled Worker Program is Reached

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:59:29 -0500

The government of Quebec has announced that the quota for the first of two application submission periods for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has been reached. The next submission period, which will be processed through a new online system, begins on January 18, 2015.

First Application Intake for Quebec Skilled Worker Program is Reached

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 21:59:29 -0500

The government of Quebec has announced that the quota for the first of two application submission periods for the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP) has been reached. The next submission period, which will be processed through a new online system, begins on January 18, 2015.

Canada Forms Special Committee to Fast-Track Arrival of Syrian Refugees

Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:34:45 -0500

Canada's new Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, John McCallum, has announced the creation of a government ad hoc committee that will help coordinate the imminent arrival of thousands of Syrian refugees in Canada.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Allocation Intake Cap in Four Days

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 21:13:53 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) 'International Skilled Worker - Express Entry' sub-category for Canadian immigration has reached its allocation cap within four days of reopening.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category Reaches Allocation Intake Cap in Four Days

Fri, 06 Nov 2015 21:13:53 -0500

The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) 'International Skilled Worker - Express Entry' sub-category for Canadian immigration has reached its allocation cap within four days of reopening.

Manitoba Issues 456 Letters of Advice to Apply to the MPNP for Canadian Immigration

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 19:58:01 -0500

The Canadian province of Manitoba, located in central Canada, has conducted its ninth draw for the Skilled Worker category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). A total of 100 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 356 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.

Manitoba Issues 456 Letters of Advice to Apply to the MPNP for Canadian Immigration

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 19:58:01 -0500

The Canadian province of Manitoba, located in central Canada, has conducted its ninth draw for the Skilled Worker category of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). A total of 100 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued to candidates through the Skilled Workers in Manitoba sub-category, while 356 Letters of Advice to Apply were issued through the Skilled Workers Overseas stream.

CIC Issues Instructions to Allow for Religious Accommodation During Canadian Citizenship Oath

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 18:37:01 -0500

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has updated instructions related to the taking of the Oath of Citizenship as a result of a recent decision by the Federal Court of Appeal.

CIC Issues Instructions to Allow for Religious Accommodation During Canadian Citizenship Oath

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 18:37:01 -0500

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has updated instructions related to the taking of the Oath of Citizenship as a result of a recent decision by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category for Canadian Immigration Reopens

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:42:39 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has announced that the reopening of its ‘International Skilled Worker – Express Entry’ sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Up to 500 further applications will be accepted, and the category has reopened with immediate effect.

Saskatchewan Express Entry Sub-Category for Canadian Immigration Reopens

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 17:42:39 -0500

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has announced that the reopening of its ‘International Skilled Worker – Express Entry’ sub-category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP). Up to 500 further applications will be accepted, and the category has reopened with immediate effect.

19th Express Entry Draw sees 1,502 Candidates Invited to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 23:39:34 -0400

The nineteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection systemhas been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on Ocotber 23, 2015. A total of 1,502 Invitations to Apply(ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 489 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

19th Express Entry Draw sees 1,502 Candidates Invited to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 23:39:34 -0400

The nineteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection systemhas been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on Ocotber 23, 2015. A total of 1,502 Invitations to Apply(ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 489 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

TPP deal may allow for more Temporary Foreign Workers

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:20:18 -0400

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal may allow international companies operating in Canada to bring temporary foreign workers to their operations in Canada without first being required to offer jobs to Canadians.

TPP deal may allow for more Temporary Foreign Workers

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:20:18 -0400

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal may allow international companies operating in Canada to bring temporary foreign workers to their operations in Canada without first being required to offer jobs to Canadians.

Canada to roll out new ‘Employer Portal’

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:10:01 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that it is introducing a new electronic system, known as the Employer Portal, for managing the processing of offers of employment made by Canadian employers to foreign workers.

The Employer Portal will be available from October 26, 2015, and will assist Canadian employers looking to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program.

Canada to roll out new ‘Employer Portal’

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:10:01 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that it is introducing a new electronic system, known as the Employer Portal, for managing the processing of offers of employment made by Canadian employers to foreign workers.

The Employer Portal will be available from October 26, 2015, and will assist Canadian employers looking to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program.

CIC Makes 18th Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:50:00 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued 1,530 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the eighteenth draw from the Express Entry pool, which took place today, October 2. Candidates in the pool with 450 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points are being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence, with processing times of six months or less.

CIC Makes 18th Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:50:00 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued 1,530 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) in the eighteenth draw from the Express Entry pool, which took place today, October 2. Candidates in the pool with 450 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points are being invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence, with processing times of six months or less.

Nova Scotia Launches New Business Streams for Canadian Immigration

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 20:41:26 -0400

Nova Scotia today announced that two new business streams will become part of the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). The Canadian province aims to attract international entrepreneurs and to retain international graduates of provincial universities and colleges.

Popular Canadian Immigration Stream in Saskatchewan Reaches Allocation Cap Within a Week

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 19:53:42 -0400

The International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand stream for Canadian immigration to Saskatchewan has reached its application intake threshold for the most recent application cycle, which opened last week.

Popular Canadian Immigration Stream in Saskatchewan Reaches Allocation Cap Within a Week

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 03:00:00 -0400

The International Skilled Workers - Occupations In-Demand stream for Canadian immigration to Saskatchewan has reached its application intake threshold for the most recent application cycle, which opened last week.

Reconnaissance en finance: La France et le Québec ont signé une entente sur la reconnaissance mutuelle des qualifications professionnelles

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 18:54:42 -0400

Les autorités des marchés financiers en France et au Québec ont signé un accord qui vise à faciliter la mobilité des professionnels des services financiers entre la France et le Québec. Cette entente garanti la reconnaissance mutuelle de la qualification professionnelle des personnes exerçant des fonctions réglementées dans le domaine des instruments financiers en France et des valeurs mobilières au Québec.

New Record Low CRS Requirement in Seventeenth Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:40:58 -0400

A new landmark has been reached in the short history of the Express Entry immigration selection system, with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issuing Invitations to Apply(ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 450.The seventeenth draw from the Express Entry pool took place on September 18, 2015, with 1,545 candidates in the pool receiving ITAs.

New Record Low CRS Requirement in Seventeenth Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration

Fri, 18 Sep 2015 19:40:58 -0400

A new landmark has been reached in the short history of the Express Entry immigration selection system, with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) issuing Invitations to Apply(ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence to candidates with Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores as low as 450.The seventeenth draw from the Express Entry pool took place on September 18, 2015, with 1,545 candidates in the pool receiving ITAs.

Nova Scotia Given Increased Allocation for Express Entry Canadian Immigration Streams

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:31:20 -0400

The province of Nova Scotia today announced that it has been granted 300 additional spaces for its Express Entry streams, known as Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry.

Nova Scotia Given Increased Allocation for Express Entry Canadian Immigration Streams

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 18:31:20 -0400

The province of Nova Scotia today announced that it has been granted 300 additional spaces for its Express Entry streams, known as Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry and Nova Scotia Experience: Express Entry.

Sixteenth Express Entry Draw: 1,517 Candidates Invited to Apply for Canadian Permanent Residence

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 19:16:00 -0400

The sixteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection systemhas been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on September 8, 2015. A total of 1,517Invitations to Apply(ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 459 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

British Columbia Puts Temporary Halt on Applications to BCPNP Skills Immigration and Express Entry BC

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:48:22 -0400

The province of British Columbia (B.C.) has placed a temporary halt on accepting new applications to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) Skills Immigration stream and Express Entry stream.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program Stops Accepting New Applications Until 2016

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:38:25 -0400

Effective August 27, 2015, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) will not be accepting new applications until January 27, 2016. The AINP is Alberta’s Provincial Nominee Program for Canadian immigration.

Fifteenth Express Entry Draw for Canadian Immigration: CRS Points Required Drops to 456

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:21:00 -0400

The fifteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system has been performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on August 21, 2015. A total of 1,523 Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 456 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Fort St. John, B.C., Looking For Skilled Immigrants

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:55:54 -0400

The mayor of Fort St. John, Lori Ackerman, has said that a pilot project to bring more international skilled workers to the Northern B.C. town is in the process of being established. At this time, however, few additional details about the program are known.

Fort St. John, B.C., Looking For Skilled Immigrants

Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:55:00 -0400

The mayor of Fort St. John, Lori Ackerman, has said that a pilot project to bring more international skilled workers to the Northern B.C. town is in the process of being established. At this time, however, few additional details about the program are known.

Indian National Gets Second Chance to Immigrate to Canada

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:35:00 -0400

A citizen of India, D.C. Patel, has been awarded DAV $3,000 by a Canadian federal court — and given a second chance to submit an application for Canadian immigration — over “a failed email communication” on the part of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Indian National Gets Second Chance to Immigrate to Canada

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:35:00 -0400

A citizen of India, D.C. Patel, has been awarded DAV $3,000 by a Canadian federal court — and given a second chance to submit an application for Canadian immigration — over “a failed email communication” on the part of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Fourteenth Express Entry Draw: CIC Issues 1,402 Invitations to Apply For Canadian Immigration

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 19:33:18 -0400

The fourteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on August 7, 2015. A total of 1,402 invitations to apply(ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 471 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Fourteenth Express Entry Draw: CIC Issues 1,402 Invitations to Apply For Canadian Immigration

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 19:33:18 -0400

The fourteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on August 7, 2015. A total of 1,402 invitations to apply(ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 471 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

More recent immigrants becoming homeowners, driving Canada’s housing market

Thu, 06 Aug 2015 22:12:16 -0400

A report by Scotiabank, a major Canadian financial institution, has found that immigrants are a major force driving the Canadian housing market.

The Gazette: Coderre ruling stands

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 22:20:15 -0400

Coderre ruling stands, Federal Court decides Opens gates for prospective immigrants.

ELIZABETH THOMPSON
The Gazette
Saturday, May 24, 2003
Immigration Minister Denis Coderre has lost his bid to reverse a Federal Court ruling that found his department misled Parliament.

Quebec Makes Major Announcement on Skilled Worker Program for Canadian Immigration

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:04:00 -0400

Province seeks ‘objective, consistent and effective’ selection procedure.

The government of Quebec has today made a significant announcement regarding the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), its flagship program for immigration to Canada.

Quebec Makes Major Announcement on Skilled Worker Program for Canadian Immigration

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 19:04:00 -0400

Province seeks ‘objective, consistent and effective’ selection procedure.

The government of Quebec has today made a significant announcement regarding the Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSWP), its flagship program for immigration to Canada.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada invests in healthcare services for newcomers

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:53:48 -0400

Thanks to new funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto will be able to provide better access and improved services to newcomer families in the region.

Canadian Premiers sign inter-provincial/territorial labour mobility agreement

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:29:41 -0400

The proposed new Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) between Canadian provinces and territories will make it easier for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to obtain work outside of their home provinces/territories.

British Columbia announces pilot program to help the province's most vulnerable refugees

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 17:05:36 -0400

Last week, the government of British Columbia (BC) announced a new, $7.2-million pilot program that offers young refugee children in BC and their families safe and comfortable places where the needs of the children can be assessed, and where their parents and caregivers can share experiences and learn about early childhood development and learning.

Select Operations for Quebec Immigration Moved from Mexico City Office to Montreal

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:15:48 -0400

The government of Quebec has announced that, as of July 24, 2015, select immigration operations have been moved from the Mexico City Quebec Immigration Office to Montreal.

Pilot Investment Program For Canadian Immigration Receives Just Six Applications

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:08:04 -0400

A Canadian immigration through investment program launched last December, known as the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program, has received a mere six applications, as of June 8, far fewer than for its Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) that was scrapped last year. The data was revealed following an access to information request

Pilot Investment Program For Canadian Immigration Receives Just Six Applications

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:08:04 -0400

A Canadian immigration through investment program launched last December, known as the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program, has received a mere six applications, as of June 8, far fewer than for its Immigrant Investor Program (IIP) that was scrapped last year. The data was revealed following an access to information request

Strict New Penalties for Employers Who Abuse the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:04:16 -0400

As of December 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will be implementing new consequences for employers who violate the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. These new regulations were published in the Canada Gazette earlier this month.

Strict New Penalties for Employers Who Abuse the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:04:16 -0400

As of December 1, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will be implementing new consequences for employers who violate the rules of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. These new regulations were published in the Canada Gazette earlier this month.

In Saskatchewan, immigrants will find work in their field, says Premier

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:38:53 -0400

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is actively seeking out landed Canadian immigrants, whose skills are underutilized in their current occupations, to inform them about the work opportunities available in his province.

Saskatchewan actively recruiting Filipino skilled workers

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:35:57 -0400

Rob Norris, the Minister for Advanced Education, Employment and Labour for the province of Saskatchewan, has recently traveled to the Philippines to workwith government officials and representatives of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration towards bringing more Filipino skilled workers toSaskatchewan.

Quebec announces $6 million in funding for settlement services

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:34:25 -0400

Quebec Immigration Minister Yolande James recently announced that the first $900,000 of Quebec's $6 million settlement funding will go to nine groups located in Villeray, St. Michel, Ahuntsic-Cartierville and the east of Montreal Island, where there are significant immigrant populations. The goal is to help 600 newcomers secure employment through these community organizations.

Quebec Allocates Millions to Montreal Newcomers

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:32:35 -0400

The city of Montreal will receive $4.5 million over three years from the Quebec provincial government to fund programs to help immigrants find employment and learn about Quebec culture. On an annual basis, this is twice the amount that the provincial government has provided in the past for these programs.

OECD report makes recommendations for immigration policy

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:30:46 -0400

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) International Migration Outlook 2008 report recommends that OECD countries adapt their immigration and labour migration policies to be more in line with likely future demand for workers in all economic sectors; both high-skilled and lower-skilled.

Nova Scotia to prepare new immigration strategy to attract more newcomers

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:29:10 -0400

Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Ramona Jannex said on Tuesday that the province aims to double the number of immigrants that settle in Nova Scotia. She said she hopes to have a new strategy ready by spring to achieve this goal.

Legislation passed to restore citizenship to 'Lost Canadians'

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:26:50 -0400

Bill C-37, which will amend Canada’s Citizenship Act, was introduced to restore Canadian citizenship to the tens of thousands who lost, or who never had Canadian citizenship because of several little-known particularities in the Act. The Senate recently passed the bill after third reading. It will become law no later than a year following Royal Assent.

Job creation in Canada sets records

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:25:11 -0400

According to Statistics Canada, Canada produced 106,900 new jobs in the month of September. Though most of these were part-time positions, this figure is 10 times better than what economists had expected.

Some Bush Foes Vote Yet Again, With Their Feet: Canada or Bust (page 2/2)

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:22:44 -0400

Mike Aves, 40, a financial planner in Palm Beach, Fla., where he has been active in the Young Democrats, said he was finding it almost impossible from that distance to land a job in Canada. "I've told my wife, I'd be willing to take a step down, socioeconomically, to move from white-collar work to a blue-collar job, if it would get us to Canada," he said.

Some Bush Foes Vote Yet Again, With Their Feet: Canada or Bust (page 1/2)

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:18:49 -0400



By Rick Lyman
Feb. 4, 2005

Immigrants earning more money in Western Canada

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:17:05 -0400

Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver remain the destinations of choice for many newcomers; however, this trend is slowly changing. In 2007, cities outsidethe three above-mentioned received close to one third of Canada’s 236,000 new immigrants.

Immigrants are choosing smaller Canadian cities as the place to call home

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:15:11 -0400

Traditionally, newcomers have overwhelmingly chosen to settle in one of Canada’s three largest metropolises, Montreal, Vancouver, or Toronto. New statistics from Citizenship and Immigration Canada suggest that this trend is changing. The stream of new arrivals to these three cities is dropping off as Canada’s small and mid-sized urban areas are enjoying an immigration boom.

Immigrant Access Fund provides small loans for accreditation in Alberta

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:12:41 -0400

Alberta's Immigrant Access Fund (IAF) was created in Calgary in 2005 to provide small loans to internationally-trained and educated newcomers to help them gainthe accreditation they need to work in their fields of expertise.

Federal Election Called for October 14, 2008

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:10:55 -0400

The Canadian Federal Government announced yesterday that there will be an election on October 14, 2009.

Federal Election Called for October 14, 2008

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:10:55 -0400

The Canadian Federal Government announced yesterday that there will be an election on October 14, 2009.

ENTRY Program helps new Manitobans get started on their settlement

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:09:02 -0400

Newcomers to the province of Manitoba can get started with their settlement process with the ENTRY program, a four-week program designed to help immigrants learn about life and work in Manitoba.

Overall employment grows in Canada

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:06:37 -0400

A recent Statistics Canada report reveals growth in Canada's employment numbers in April, surprising economic expectations. Though economists had predicted a drop of 50,000 jobs throughout the month, overall employment instead grew by 35,900.

Gearing up for the Canadian federal election - Immigration focus

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:04:47 -0400

With next week's federal election quickly approaching, candidates are out campaigning in immigrant communities across the country, and encouragingnewcomers to exercise their right to vote.

Canada - A world leader in banking amidst economic turmoil

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:02:48 -0400

Finance ministers of the G7 nations met in Rome, Italy this past weekend to discuss the global financial crisis and to coordinate more secure banking practices for the future.

New Canada-provincial labour market agreements help immigrants integrate into the workforce

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:58:52 -0400

The Government of Canada has recently signed Labout Market Agreements (LMA) with the provinces of Alberta, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador to ensure that all residents have the ability toparticipate and contribute to the workforces in each province. The new LMA's focus primarily on helping people move from lower-skilled work to better jobsin sectors such as health care, construction, and manufacturing.

Canada Pays Tribute on World Refugee Day

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:56:43 -0400

Yesterday, the Government of Canada and community organizations across the country joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in observing World Refugee Day. Since 2000, June 20 has been designated as a day to shed light on the international refugee state of affairs.

Canada increases number of Iraqi refugees for 2009

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:55:12 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that Canada is doubling the number of privately sponsored Iraqi refugees.

Work Permits Now More Accessible to International Students in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:52:18 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Diane Finley recently announced changes to work permit requirements for international students in Canada.

Worker Agreement Signed Between British Columbia and the Philippines

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:50:13 -0400

The British Columbia (BC) provincial government has signed a two-year memorandum of understanding with the Philippine government to help fill provincial labour shortages with skilled Filipino workers.

Western Canadian provinces working break down labour mobility barriers

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:48:08 -0400

British Columbia (BC) recently became the first province in Canada to introduce legislation clear the way for full labour mobility for all trades and professions across the country.

Western Canada Seeking Filipino Skilled Workers

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:45:58 -0400

The Philippines is one of the largest exporters of labourers in the world, with 10 per cent of its current population working abroad. In 2006, it was the third highest source country of immigrants to Canada; it has been among the top five for over 25 years. As Canada’s labour crunch continues, Filipino workers are an increasingly important source of labour.

Welcome to the new Canadavisa!

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:41:45 -0400

As Canadian immigration policy evolves, so too do your options and priorities for Canadian immigration. Canadavisa.com, the online presence of leading immigration law firm Campbell Cohen, has responded to the changing immigration landscape with a redesign that puts the information and tools that you need at your fingertips.

Wage Increases, Better Jobs, and a Good Business Climate in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:38:56 -0400

Not only is job creation growing steadily in Canada, but a large proportion of this growth is in sectors with high employment quality.

Visible Minorities Reach One in Six Canadians

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:36:57 -0400

The number of visible minorities in Canada has topped the five million mark for the first time in Canada’s history, now representing 16.2 per cent of the country’s population. Canada’s visible minority population has grown steadily since visible minority data was first collected in 1981. Then, the estimated 1.1 million visible minorities represented 4.7 per cent of the population.

Vancouver Rated Top City in the World for Fifth Straight Year

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:33:23 -0400

Vancouver, British Columbia (BC) was once again rated the world's most "liveable city" by the Economist magazine. The survey ranked 132 cities based on such factors as stability, health care, environment, education, culture, and infrastructure. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, Vancouver received the top spot because of its "low crime rate, little threat from instability or terrorism and a highly developed transport and communications infrastructure." Vancouver is a popular destination for Canadian immigrants and has become an increasingly multicultural city.

University completion rates highest for children of Canadian immigrants from China and India

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:31:53 -0400

A recent Statistics Canada report shows that 65 per cent of children of immigrant parents from China and India complete university in Canada. That is more than double the rate of any other ethnic group. For those whose parents were born in Canada, completion rates are 28 per cent.

Unemployment remains low in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:30:10 -0400

Despite the effects of economic downturn on the world stage, the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta have managed to keep their unemploymentrates remarkably low.

Two Indo-Canadians appointed to Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:27:36 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney has appointed new members to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), two of which are members of the Indo-Canadian community. Vandana Patel and Noeline Sujuthra Paul were appointed to the Toronto,Ontario office of the IRB.

Training in Skilled Trades - A Ticket to Work in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:14:10 -0400

Whether Canadian-born, landed immigrant, or soon-to-be Canadian immigrant, an individual with training in a skilled trade is highly employable in the current Canadian economy. With 50 per cent of workers in the skilled trades retiring in the next 15 years, “vocational training is a route to a sure job,” explains the principal of a technology training school in Montreal.

Top 25 Canadian Immigrants honoured by Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:12:16 -0400

The Canadian Immigrant Magazine has announced the winners of the first-ever Top 25 Canadian Immigrants awards. A human rights defender, a filmmaker, and a scientist are among the winners of the national awards program which seeks to celebrate the achievements and the contributions that Canadian immigrants have made to the country.

Temporary Foreign Workers in Alberta Outnumber New Immigrants to the Province in 2006

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:08:41 -0400

In 2006, Alberta became the first province in Canada where the number of Temporary Foreign workers exceeded the number of people admitted through the Canadian immigration system. In significant need of labour force growth, Alberta has taken advantage of recent facilitative amendments to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Temporary Foreign Worker Services Expanded to Ontario and Atlantic Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:06:50 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Diane Finley recently announced that two new Temporary Foreign Worker units are being established in Toronto and Moncton (New Brunswick). They will help employers in the Ontario and Atlantic regions to fill labour force shortages with temporary foreign workers.

Temporary foreign worker numbers swell in 2007: Alberta takes large share

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:03:55 -0400

Recent Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) statistics indicate that the number of temporary foreign workers in Canada increased by 22 per centfrom 2006 to 2007.

Temporary foreign worker advocates and unions working together to improve labour rights

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:01:26 -0400

In the autumn of 2007, a group of union leaders and migrant worker advocates formed an alliance to address the growing number of temporary foreign workers in Canada and to protect their labour rights.

Taking Steps for Foreign-Trained Professionals to Work in Ontario

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:58:30 -0400

Over 60 per cent of new immigrants to Canada each year choose to live and work in the province of Ontario. Recently a series of steps have been taken toensure that professionals who received their training outside of Canada can work in their fields.

New support services for young adult immigrants in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:56:44 -0400

The Government of British Columbia (BC) has allocated $4.9 million to help ease thetransition into life in Canada for newcomer youth and young adult immigrants. Programs and projects in thirteen BC communities will focus particularlyon newcomers who are facing language and settlement barriers.

"Our government is committed to providing special support for older immigrant youth and young adults who face barriers that make it difficult for themto attend school or find employment," said BC Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Murray Coell. "This investment will ensurethat these young people have a way of connecting to the broader community and gain the self-esteem and confidence they need to pursue further learningor work."

As of April 2009, these personal and group support services will help young adult immigrants to develop goals and plans achieve them; and to improvetheir education and work prospects through language training and employment support services. They will obtain better access to college, vocationaltraining, apprenticeships, and adult basic education. Counseling and mental health services will also be provided.

Elizabeth Jones, of the North Shore Multicultural Society (NSMS), says that the new programs offered by her organization are designed to empowerimmigrant youth and young adults with information about the options available to them.

"We assist them to go through this process and come out with a plan of action for themselves to either get a job, or return to school or go intolanguage training," she said.

The province of BC has also invested $1 million in community bridging services, which match immigrant youth with community volunteers during thesettlement and adjustment period.

"We all have a hand in supporting vulnerable youth by providing resources and programs that allow them to have a healthy future," stated TomChristensen, BC Minister of Children and Family Development. "Every child and youth should be afforded the opportunity to succeed, and governments andcommunities plan an important role in making that a reality."

After first year success, the Young Newcomers Internship Program is made permanent by CIC

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:55:18 -0400

Canada's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced that the Young Newcomers Internship Program (YNIP), introduced in 2008 by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as a pilot project, will now be a permanent program. He made the announcement at the graduation ceremony of the first year's participants.

Success of Young Canadian Immigrants in Ontario High Schools

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:53:30 -0400

This year, the Toronto public school board's top three students are foreign-born. Likewise, the top spot in the Peel District School board is shared by four immigrant students. Jim Cummins of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education is not surprised that despite the additional challenges of starting a new life in Canada, some immigrant students are outperforming their Canadian-born peers.

Study Shows Immigrants Sense of Belonging to Canada Deepens With Age

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:52:00 -0400

Statistics Canada's recent Ethnic Diversity Survey (EDS) suggests that as Canadian immigrants and their children grow older, their attachment to Canada strengthens. 74.5 per cent of respondents aged 65 and over expressed a “very strong” sense of belonging to Canada, compared with only 40.6 per cent among those aged 15-17. The results show this sentiment growing stronger with age in each subgroup of second-generation Canadians (whites, blacks, South Asians and Chinese, among others).

New report makes recommendations to improve Canadian immigration and settlement programs

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:49:33 -0400

A detailed report on Canada’s immigration policies, and their impact on the Canadian economic and social landscape, was released on Wednesday by the Maytree Foundation, a Canadian policy research organization.

Strategic Recruitment Stream of Alberta PNP expands

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:47:38 -0400

The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) Strategic Recruitment Stream was originally created for US H1B visa holders who wish to immigrate to Alberta, Canada. To qualify, applicants must have been working in the United Stated on a valid H1B visa for at least one year in an occupation considered "in-demand" in Alberta. No job offer is required for this category.

Small Canadian communities taking initiatives to attract more new immigrants

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:44:18 -0400

Small communities across Canada are striving to attract more newcomers, and are working to provide settlement facilities to encourage immigrants to choose smaller communities as opposed to larger metropolitan areas.

Simplify the Canadian Immigration and Settlement Process - LoonLounge.com

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:42:25 -0400

Throughout the immigration and settlement process, there is no better resource than the advice and guidance of a person who has already been there; already experienced each step and established a new life in Canada. So many people have been there, so many people have made it through and become successful Canadian Permanent Residents and citizens. But for a potential Canadian immigrant or one that is currently going through the process, it can feel like you are all alone, caught up in a mess of bureaucracy, on your way to a new life in an unknown country.

Shortage of Skilled Tradespeople in the housing market means opportunities for new Canadians

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:40:44 -0400

The housing market in Canada has seen its share of ebbs and flows in the past few years, but one thing that remains a constant is the unequivocal need for a strong team of skilled and dedicated workers.

Settlement support for immigrant women and children

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:39:19 -0400

A new guide for immigrant women has recently been released by the province of Manitoba. The guide was developed by a committee of community and government representatives. It offers advice on resources and services and provides information on issues such as legal rights, child care, and housing.

Saskatchewan opens PNP to hospitality workers for fast-track immigration

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:37:28 -0400

The Saskatchewan Immigration Nominee Program (SINP) has recentlyintroduced the Hospitality Sector Project, under which certain foreign workers in the hospitality field can be nominated for priority processingCanadian permanent residency.

Saskatchewan unveils a new immigration strategy

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:35:46 -0400

Saskatchewan's Immigration Minister Rob Norris has announced the details of the province's new immigration strategy, entitled Strengthening our Communities and Economy.

Saskatchewan and Manitoba to lead economic growth in Canada in 2008

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:33:40 -0400

Typically, Canada’s western provinces of Alberta and British Columbia have been considered the country’s power-houses behind national economic growth. Recently, however, the Prairie Provinces have become a new area of focus, boosted by increased demand for their natural resources.

Saskatchewan making foreign credential recognition easier for newcomers

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:31:20 -0400

Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has recently announced a pilot project that will permit soon-to-be immigrants to have their international credentials recognized before arriving in Canada. The Foreign Credential Recognition Support for Labour Market Needs in Saskatchewan pilot project will therefore allow newcomers to transition into the workforce more quickly.

Saskatchewan makes licensing information more readily available online

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:23:10 -0400

In order to work in regulated occupations in Canada, some foreign-trained workers must have their education and work experience credentials assessed and they may need to obtain additional training andlicensing.

Saskatchewan leads Canadian provinces in economic growth: "Thousands of jobs"

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:08:45 -0400

"It's a great time to come to Saskatchewan," says Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, citing abundant job openings and solid economic growth in the province, amid economic uncertainty in other regions of Canada and around the world.

Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) eases regulations for international students

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:06:53 -0400

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour recently made changes to the Student Category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), making it easier for international students to qualify for this fast-track permanent residency option.

Saskatchewan attracting internationally-trained health care professionals online

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:05:09 -0400

Health care professionals from abroad who wish to immigrate and work in Saskatchewan have a new information resource through which they can better prepare ahead of time. The Internationally Educated Health Professional (IEHP) web portal was launched last week by Rob Norris, Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour.

Saskatchewan announces new process for its Immigrant Nominee Program

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:03:02 -0400

On Thursday, Saskatchewan's Minister Responsible for Immigration Rob Norris announced new procedural guidelines for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) that will increase nominations and create more jobs in the Saskatchewan economy.

Safe Third Country Agreement for Asylum Seekers Questioned by Federal Court

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:01:31 -0400

Questioning the United States' compliance with international refugee requirements, a Federal court judge ruled that Canada's reciprocal refugee-processing agreement with the United States should be reconsidered.

Results from Recent Canadian Quality of Life Report

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:59:36 -0400

The national Vital Signs report, issued by the Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), measures Canada ’s quality of life in terms of work, learning, public safety, poverty, health and wellness, arts and culture, and the environment. 159 community foundations make up the CFC.

New resource for seniors immigrating to Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:57:38 -0400

When it comes to immigration to Canada, senior citizens have a different set of needs and settlement issues than younger immigrants.

Report shows rising home ownership rates of new immigrants to Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:55:50 -0400

A landmark study commissioned by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp has revealed that new immigrants are increasingly becoming homeowners soon after their arrival in Canada.

Report outlines recommendations for strengthening relations between Canada and India

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:53:33 -0400

A new report published by the Canadian International Council emphasizes the importance of Canada-India relations and provides recommendations forstrengthening those ties.

Regina Open Door Society helps immigrants settle into the workforce

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:51:35 -0400

The Regina Open Door Society, in the city of Regina,Saskatchewan , works to help newcomers integrate into the workforce by providing a variety of services and creating employment opportunities.

Redesigned Canadian Permanent Resident Card provides more security

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:49:39 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney announced this week that the Canadian permanent resident card has been redesigned with new, enhanced security features.

Record high number of newcomers welcomed to Canada in 2008

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:47:54 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney has announced that a record level of newcomers were admitted to Canada in 2008.

Quebec Increasing Annual Immigration Targets

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:45:19 -0400

Quebec Immigration Minister Yolande James recently announced that the province will be progressively increasing the number of immigrants to Quebec over the next three years. By 2010, the Quebec government plans to welcome 55,000 newcomers, up from approximately 46,000 this year.

Quebec Immigration Minister Establishes Agreements for Foreign-Trained Health Professionals

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:43:44 -0400

With a health care worker shortage in Quebec, the provincial Immigration Minister Yolande James is working to make it easier for foreign health care professionals to become licensed to practice in Quebec. As a regulated industry, all foreign health care workers must belong to a professional corporation, which ensures that foreign qualifications are equivalent to Quebec qualifications.

Quebec Immigration working to help immigrants better integrate into Quebec society

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:42:09 -0400

Quebec immigration Minister Yolande James recently put forth a new diversity policy to help newcomers better prepare for integration into Quebec society. It will also help fight racism and discrimination and will ensure that all Quebec residents have equal opportunities.

Quebec Immigrants are Increasingly Bilingual

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:40:50 -0400

A growing number of immigrants to the province of Quebec are bilingual, with knowledge of both English and French. In 2006, 34 per cent of the immigrants admitted to Quebec were bilingual, up from 11 per cent in 1997. Most of Quebec’s newcomers settle in Montreal, making it an increasingly bilingual city.

Quebec and France labour mobility agreement announced

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:39:14 -0400

It will soon be easier for workers from Quebec and France to go live and work in each others' jurisdictions. A new manpower mobility agreement, signed by Quebec Premier Jean Charest and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, will deregulate a dozen professions and almost as many trades in both France and Quebec so that foreign job applicants can be fast-tracked into the labour market. Both governments have agreed to accept the equivalence of each others' degrees and training certificates for certain occupations.

Quebec announces new fast-track immigration program for international students and foreign workers

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:37:23 -0400

Quebec Immigration Minister Yolande James has announced a new program that will facilitate the process of immigration to Quebec for international students and foreign workers.

Punjabi projected to become fourth most widely-spoken language in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:34:17 -0400

Punjabi is set to become the fourth most widely-spoken language in Canada by 2011, after English, French and Chinese, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney said on Friday.

Province of Saskatchewan investing in immigrant settlement

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:31:01 -0400

The Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education, Employment, and Labour, Rob Norris, recently announced that $2.59 million has been allocated to support immigrant service providers across the province.

Province of Quebec focusing on immigrant jobs

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:28:06 -0400

The Quebec provincial government has announced $68 million over the next three years to help newcomers find work in their fields more quickly. $22 million has been allocated for the next 12 months.

Province of Manitoba gearing up to welcome even more immigrants

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:15:21 -0400

Over the past ten years, Manitoba's Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) has been the most successful of all Canadian provinces' and territories', making Manitoba the leading destination in Canada for immigrants on a per capita basis.

Proposed Task Force for Labour Mobility Between Quebec and France

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:13:27 -0400

Quebec Premier Jean Charest recently met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to discuss a proposal for a Canada-European Union free trade agreement. Put forward by Charest at the World Economic Forum meeting last January, Charest hopes that such an agreement would strengthen ties between France and the province of Quebec.

Priority Immigration Services to Reunite Families Affected by Situation in Iraq

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:11:11 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Diane Finley recently announced measures to help people from Iraq and surrounding countries who have close family members in Canada.

Prince Edward Island Receives Funding for Online Immigration Information Service

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:09:08 -0400

Prince Edward Island (PEI) is the latest in a string of provinces to benefit from Citizenship and Immigration Canada funding to go towards online tools. Over four years, PEI will receive $808,000 to promote the province as an immigration destination through the development of online services, content, and tools for prospective immigrants as well as those who have already arrived.

Premier of Quebec plans to attract and retain more international students

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:53:45 -0400

Quebec Premier Jean Charest hopes to establish a new system to help foreign students stay in Quebec to pursue their careers upon graduation. Charest says that more international students would help Quebec meet its demographic challenge caused by a low provincial birthrate.

Power shift may allow Canadian provinces to negotiate their own international labour mobility deals

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:51:15 -0400

The Government of Canada plans to give the provinces more independence and autonomy on the world economic stage. It suggested this week that Ottawa is prepared to shift some traditionally federal economic power to the provincial governments; citing Quebec’s proposed labour mobility deal with France as an example.

Possible decrease in Canadian immigration targets for 2009

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:49:37 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that Canada is considering a cut in the number of immigrants to be welcomed to Canada in 2009, citing economic uncertainty and rising unemployment numbers in the country.

Poll establishes Canadian national icons: Maple leaf, Niagara Falls, Trudeau

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:48:06 -0400

A recent Ipsos-Reid survey asked over 3,000 Canadians five open-ended questions: What is Canada’s defining person, event, place, symbol, and accomplishment? Reactions were gathered and respondents were asked to rank their top ten from the list. While results differed to a certain extent across regions, Canadians were unanimous on certain Canadian icons – the maple leaf for one. Here are the results:

Pilot Project in New Brunswick to Help Immigrants Establish New Businesses

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:45:43 -0400

The Immigrant Business Start-Up Pilot, offered by the province of New Brunswick and Enterprise Saint John, is aimed at recent immigrants who are interested in starting a small business and wish to acquire the skills, training, and business contacts to do so.

Pier 21, Canada's immigration museum expands exhibits and website

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:43:23 -0400

Pier 21, located on the waterfront of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has received new funding to better tell Canada's story of immigration. The $10 million capital expansion of the immigration museum, which began in 2005, will receive an additional $1.5 million from the Government of Nova Scotia.

Philippines now the largest source country for Canadian immigrants

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:41:48 -0400

China has been the top source country of immigrants for years, but now the Philippines has taken over the top spot for immigrants and temporary workers (combined). 19,064 permanent residents and 15,254 temporary workers from the Philippines arrived in Canada in 2007. Aside from Americans, more Filipinos arrived in Canada as temporary foreign workers than any other nationality.

Peterborough launches Immigrant Integration Council

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:40:10 -0400

The Peterborough, Ontario region is among the many areas in Canada that are working to make themselves more attractive immigration destinations.

Prince Edward Island makes small modifications to its PNP

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:37:46 -0400

Last week, the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island (PEI) announced changes to its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that will make it easier for immigrants who came through the PEI PNP to fulfill the residency requirements of the program.

Passport Requirement Delayed for Canadians Entering U.S. by Land or Sea

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:35:42 -0400

The United States government has delayed a requirement that people entering the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean by land or sea must present a valid passport.

Parliament Resumes - Update on Proposed Immigration Amendments

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:32:30 -0400

The minority Conservative government tabled a bill on March 14, 2008 that proposed amendments to Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). At that time, the government indicated that the bill would come up for second reading on March 31st.

Open work permits now available to children of Temporary Foreign Workers in Alberta and Ontario

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:29:49 -0400

The provinces of Alberta and Ontario have each recently announced pilot projects that will allow working-age dependent children of temporary foreign workers in those provinces to obtain Open Work Permits.

Opening of New Hindu Temple in Toronto Celebrates the Indo-Canadian Community

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:27:34 -0400

Over the past two years, 2,000 volunteers have worked together to erect the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Canada's first marble Hindu Temple. The $40 million temple is being celebrated as an architectural wonder, constructed with ancient techniques and spanning 95,000 square feet.

Ontario Promoting Pilot Provincial Nominee Program to Employers

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:24:17 -0400

The Ontario Pilot Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was launched this summer to help employers faced with labour shortages to bring in foreign workers and to fast-track the immigration process for their new employees.

Ontario Promoting Pilot Provincial Nominee Program to Employers

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:24:17 -0400

The Ontario Pilot Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) was launched this summer to help employers faced with labour shortages to bring in foreign workers and to fast-track the immigration process for their new employees.

Ontario PNP website provides information for employers and nominees

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:22:22 -0400

The Ontario Pilot Provincial Nomination Program (PNP) was established in May 2007 to help Ontario employers attract and retain skilled foreign workers. It was the last province to offer such a program to fast-track the issuance of Canadian immigration (Permanent Resident) visas, and it remains in pilot project phase.

Ontario PNP Expansion for International Students in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:19:43 -0400

Ontario Citizenship and Immigration Minister Michael Chan recently announced a new development in the Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) that removes obstacles for international students who wish to become Canadian permanent residents.

Ontario PNP expands targets and makes it easier for applicants to qualify

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:17:54 -0400

What was originally launched as the Ontario Pilot Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) in May 2007 has now been retooled to broaden its qualifying criteria and to accept twice the amount of applicants annually.

Ontario Opposition Party Investigating Public Funding for Faith-Based Schools

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:15:41 -0400

Ontario's publicly funded education system currently supports students from kindergarten to grade 12 in public, Catholic and French Immersion schools throughout the province. The Ontario Conservative government, if elected this fall, would move to provide public funding to Ontario's private Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Christian schools. "This is a plan that will bring faith-based schools, which currently exist outside of the public system inside that system instead, subject to clear, reasonable conditions," explains Ontario Conservative leader, John Tory.

Ontario Employer Initiative to Improve Integration of Foreign-Trained Workers

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:12:55 -0400

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)'s Global Experience @ Work initiative consists of seven local community projects to engage employers in the integration of internationally-trained professionals and tradespeople.

New online application system for International Student Off-Campus Work Permits

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:10:45 -0400

International students in Canada must obtain Off-Campus Work Permits to be eligible to work in Canada while they carry out their studies. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has now made the application process easier and more efficient by allowing applications to be submitted online.

One Fifth of Canadian Population is Foreign-Born

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:08:16 -0400

The latest Statistics Canada report from the 2006 census came out yesterday. It focuses on immigration and language and highlights the important contribution of newcomers to Canada’s growth and increasing diversity.

Olympic dreams for Canadian immigrants

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:05:40 -0400

For some of the 332 athletes representing Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, they are representing an adopted country; having arrived here as immigrants and established themselves as world-class Canadian athletes.

Official records of Canadian immigrants from 1865-1935 now available online

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:03:57 -0400

1865 to 1935 is a very significant era for immigration to Canada, with 5.7 million immigrants landing on Canadian shores. Approximately 11.6 million present-day Canadians (one of every three) have ancestors who arrived during this time.

OECD report encourages western countries to maintain immigration levels, citing Canada as example

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:02:10 -0400

Given the current global economic situation, some countries have considered reducing immigration numbers. However, Canada has nevertheless pledged to maintain immigration levels and has been named one of the western nations that are least likely to develop an anti-immigration backlash despite the economic crisis by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Nova Scotia PNP - Expanded Residency Refund for Economic Stream announced

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:59:34 -0400

The Economic Stream of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), which has been suspended for some time while the government reviews the merits of the category, has been refunding immigrants part of the $130,500 in fees that they paid to be fast-tracked into the province. Recent announcements will entitle more people to these refunds.

Nova Scotia launches Immigrant Small Business Financing

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:57:33 -0400

Recent immigrants to the province of Nova Scotia who wish to establish their own businesses will soon have access to funding support from the provincial credit unions. The Immigrant Small Business Financing Program can offer immigrants who have lived in Nova Scotia for less than five years up to $150,000 to help start, expand, or buy a small business.

Nova Scotia adds new PNP stream for non-dependent children of provincial nominees

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:54:32 -0400

Nova Scotia's Immigration Minister Ramona Jannex announced today that a new stream is being added to the Nova Scotia Nominee Program (NSNP). The NSNP Non-Dependent Children of Nova Scotia Nominees stream aims to increase immigration to Nova Scotia, and help the province address its economic and demographic needs.

New training program for Internationally Educated Nurses in Alberta

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:52:40 -0400

A new program launched this month by Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta aims to improve to integration of Internationally Educated Nurses into practicing nurse positions in Canada. The Integrated Practical Nurse Diploma program has a heavy focus on English as a second language and on learning the Canadian healthcare culture.

New Television Drama: "The Border" from a Canadian Perspective

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:49:53 -0400

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)’s eagerly anticipated new series, "The Border", tells the story of a cast of Canadian immigration and customs agents and how they deal with various border security issues. Award-winning filmmaker, Peter Raymont is executive producing the show, whichwas originally conceived by his late wife, Lindalee Tracey.

New services to help foreign-trained health professionals in Alberta

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:47:57 -0400

The government of Alberta's nine-year Health Workforces Action Plan (released last fall) outlined the need to attract foreign health professionals to Alberta and to create Health Career Centres to help them find work in their field.

New Regional Lists of Occupations Under Pressure for Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:45:33 -0400

The provinces of Quebec and Nova Scotia have joined British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario in issuing Lists of Regional Occupations Under Pressure. HumanResources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has implemented these lists to reduce the amount of time it takes for employers to hire temporary foreignworkers in the listed occupations.

New Provincial Nominee Program announced for faster Canadian immigration to Northwest Territories

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:41:56 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced that the Northwest Territorieswill now have its own provincial nominee program (PNP) as part of an immigration agreement with the Canadian government.

New Project to Fast-Track Temporary Foreign Workers to Alberta and BC

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:39:28 -0400

The pilot project, announced this week, will expedite the process of employing foreign workers in Alberta and British Columbia's labour-strapped industries.

New program helps immigrants in Halifax establish networks and ease their settlement in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:37:05 -0400

A new program in Halifax, Nova Scotia, connects new immigrants in the city with local employers, enabling newcomers to begin establishing contacts in Halifax after their arrival in Canada.

New Park in Toronto Honours Irish Immigrants

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:35:40 -0400

Of the over two million people who emigrated from Ireland during the Great Famine of the mid 1800's, tens of thousands chose to make Canada their new home. This mass immigration had a tremendous impact on the social makeup of the young Canada. The 38,000 Irish immigrants who arrived in Toronto in 1847 nearly tripled the city's population, and they were warmly welcomed. Toronto Mayor David Miller called the arrival of these immigrants, "one of the seminal events in the history of Toronto."

New Ontario program aims to accelerate the integration of immigrants into the workforce

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:33:47 -0400

Michael Chan, Ontario's Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, recently announced a $24.7 million program aimed at keeping skilled immigrants in Ontario by helping them find jobs in their fields more quickly.

New Offices to Protect Temporary Foreign Workers in Alberta

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:31:25 -0400

The Alberta government has recently established special advisory offices in Edmonton and Calgary for temporary foreign workers.

New multiculturalism mentorship program fosters integration in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:29:41 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney recently announced the launch of the Somali-Jewish Canadian Mentorship Project, a new program aimed at improving cross-cultural understanding and facilitating the integration of newcomers.

New Job Creation in Canada - Defying Expectations

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:27:06 -0400

Canadian employers added 43,300 net new employees to their work forces in the month of February, just under the 46,400 that were added in January and well above last year’s monthly average of 31,000. February job creation overwhelmed economist expectations of only 3,000 net new jobs in the month.

New immigration category for international graduates and foreign workers in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:25:02 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Diane Finley today announced the details of the Canadian Experience Class (CEC), a new category of Canadian immigration for Permanent Residency.

New Immigrate to Alberta Web Portal

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:20:06 -0400

The Alberta provincial government has recently launched an online immigration web portal to promote Alberta as a destination for immigrants and to help newcomers transition into their new home.

New government resource to help Canadian employers hire workers from abroad

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:16:22 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), in partnership with the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) and The Alliance for Sector Council (TASC),has recently launched a new resource to guide Canadian employers through the process of hiring internationally-trained workers.

New Funding for Vietnamese Communities in Ontario and for Language Training

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:14:01 -0400

During Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebrations in Toronto, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Diane Finley announced new funding for three Vietnamese organizations serving newcomers in the Greater Toronto Area.

New Funding for Citizenship and Immigration Canada Mentorship Program in Ontario

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:11:14 -0400

Canadian Minister of Immigration Diane Finley recently announced the allocation of $1.4 million to fund a mentorship program in the Kitchener-Waterloo andCambridge regions of Ontario.

New foreign worker recruitment regulations in Manitoba

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:09:38 -0400

New legislation is in effect in the province of Manitoba that seeks to regulate temporary foreign worker recruitment and protect these workers' rights.

New Federal-Provincial Agreements on Training Development for Improved Labour Market Integration

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:07:01 -0400

Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has recently signed new Labour Market Agreements with provincial governments to improve the quality of Canada’s labour force.

New Family Connections category for Newfoundland and Labrador PNP

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:03:37 -0400

The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has introduced a new stream into the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Nominee Program (NLPNP).

More newcomer settlement support from CIC for immigrants in Edmonton

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:02:02 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney recently announced an injection of $2.3 million into immigrant settlement services at four organizations in Edmonton, Alberta.

New changes to Quebec Immigration programs will facilitate immigration to Quebec

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:56:51 -0400

Last month, Quebec Immigration Minister Yolande James announced changes to Quebec’s immigration program that would simplify the immigration process for international students and foreign workers in Quebec as well as facilitate the selection of immigrants who can fulfill the province’s economic and labour market needs.

New Chairperson Appointed for Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:55:15 -0400

This week the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced the appointment of a new Chairperson for Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB). Lawyer Brian P. Goodman will take over the lead of the immigration tribunal for a period of 4 years.

New centre offering settlement support services for immigrants opens in Regina

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:52:35 -0400

Immigrants and refugees in Regina, Saskatchewan now have a new resource to help them become established in Canada.

New Canadian citizenship law takes effect

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:11:48 -0400

As of April 17, 2009, Canada's new citizenship law has done two things. Firstly, it has retroactively restored Canadian citizenship to many who had lost it due to obscure and outdated provisions in past legislation. Secondly, it has henceforth limited citizenship by descent to first generation Canadians.

Canadian government to unveil new citizenship guide

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:09:34 -0400

Yesterday, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney announced that he will be introducing a new guide to Canadian citizenship that will include information on Canada's military history and issues of historical significance.

New Brunswick launches business mentorship program for immigrants

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:05:45 -0400

Starting this month, a new pilot program funded by the government of New Brunswick will connect immigrant entrepreneurs with local business mentors, in order to help them integrate more successfully into the province’s business environment.

New Brunswick makes largest ever investment in Multicultural and Immigrant Settlement Programs

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:03:57 -0400

Greg Byrne, New Brunswick Minister responsible for the population growth secretariat,recently announced that $870,000 will be invested in newcomer integration and settlement in the province.

New Brunswick to develop new immigrant mentoring program

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:02:05 -0400

The Province of New Brunswick will develop a new mentoring program for skilled immigrants coming to the province.

New agreement for full labour mobility across Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:59:52 -0400

By April 2009, Canada will have a truly national labour market, whereby workers in regulated occupations, such as architects, accountants, plumbers, anddoctors, will be able freely move across provincial and territorial borders. At present, many individuals in regulated occupations need to be re-certifiedby the province or territory to which they are relocating before they can start working.

New Agreement for Canada-Prince Edward Island Cooperation on Immigration

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:56:54 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the provincial government of Prince Edward Island (PEI) recently announced a new agreement that will make it easier for PEI to attract skilled workers from abroad and to process their applications morequickly.

Need for IT Professionals in Canada to Keep Up With Global Development

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:54:17 -0400

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) in Ottawa is spearheading a study to forecast changes in the IT labour market from now until2015. The results of the study will help the ICTC prepare for the predicted 89,000 IT workers that the sector will need between now and 2010.

Multicultural associations in New Brunswick provide valuable services to immigrants

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:52:19 -0400

Multicultural associations are a valuable resource to newcomers to Canada. They often equip immigrants with services or referrals to services that help them integrate and settle into their new communities. Such associations are found all over Canada, both in cities and in rural areas. Several settlement service providers have been established across New Brunswick (NB) in recent months.

More than 400 helped by special Canadian immigration measures for Philippines typhoon victims

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:50:05 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney announced today that more than 400 people affected by a major disaster in the Philippines in September are benefiting from expedited processing of their Canadian visa applications.

More relaxed work permit rules a sigh of relief for Foreign Post-Graduate students in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:48:02 -0400

Not having the burden and added stress of having to find a job only three months after graduating from a post-graduate program has made a world of difference for foreign students studying in Canada.

More Details Let Out Regarding the Implementation of Immigration Changes

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:45:47 -0400

After much debate and questioning in the House of Commons, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Diane Finley has released the principles that would guide implementation of proposed changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). A senior official from CIC held a briefing to explain the principles and to provide more clarity on the changes.

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada Heading to India

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:42:55 -0400

Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada will be traveling to New Delhi at the end of October to assess Canadian immigration operations in India. She will also be "send[ing] out the message that Canada is looking for talented (Indian) people, looking for the best and the brightest to come here."

Microsoft Attracting Foreign Workers to New Centre in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:40:39 -0400

U.S. technology giant Microsoft Corp. will be setting up shop in Vancouver, British Columbia to benefit of Canada’s more open immigration system for foreign skilled workers. The Microsoft Canada Development Centre will allow “the company to recruit and retain highly skilled people affected by immigration issues in the U.S.”

Mexican Workers in Canada on the Increase

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:37:40 -0400

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon will be meeting this week to discuss increased labour mobility between their countries. Building on a current successful program that brings in thousands of Mexican agricultural workers every year, the Canadian government would like to bring in even more Mexican workers to deal with Canada’s chronic labour shortages.

Mentors help new immigrant students with their first day of school in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:35:17 -0400

For most students across Canada, this week marks the first week of classes in the 2009-2010 school year. Last week, a newcomer orientation program that helps young immigrants learn about what to expect on their first day at a Canadian school was held in the Kitchener-Waterloo region in Ontario.

Manitoba's Recent Immigrants Have Highest Employment Rate in Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:32:23 -0400

A new Statistics Canada 2006 report reveals that the province of Manitoba has one of the highest success rates in the country with respect to immigrants finding work after they arrive. Not only do immigrants in Manitoba have among the highest employment rates and lowest unemployment rates in Canada, the positive results reflect on very recent immigrants (those who have lived in Manitoba for five years or less) as well.

Manitoba PNP cited as one of the world's best immigration programs

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:26:20 -0400

Tom Carter, a Canada Research Chair in Urban Change and Adaptation at the University of Winnipeg did a review of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP) for a recent issue of the Journal of International Migration and Integration. His conclusion was that the Manitoba PNP is one of the world’s best.

Manitoba

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:16:41 -0400

For the first time ever, the province of Manitoba welcomed the largest annual number of immigrants per capita in Canada. The Manitoba population of 1,186,679 received 10,800 immigrants between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. Manitoba’s overall population growth over the one-year period was the second-largest it has been in 21 years. Most newcomers came from the Philippines, Germany, India, China, and El Salvador.

Manitoba establishes Fairness Commissioner for Immigrants

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:14:45 -0400

ManitobaLabour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan recently appointed Ximena Munoz as the province's first Fairness Commissioner responsible for improving qualifications recognition for skilled immigrants in Manitoba and forimplementing the Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act.

Manitoba offering diversity and intercultural training programs to businesses

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:12:35 -0400

With the success of the Manitoba Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), the province of Manitoba welcomes about 200 newcomers every week, a number that is projected to double by 2017. The provincial population and workforce have consequently become more and more culturally and linguistically diverse.

Manitoba and Ontario Investing in Immigrant Settlement Services

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:10:28 -0400

Continually striving to be a more attractive destination for Canadian immigrants, Canadian provinces are investing heavily in immigrant services. Ontario just opened the first of a set of five new Welcome Centres and Manitoba recently announced a new immigrant settlement strategy.

Major Canadian Bank Announces Scholarship Program for New Canadians

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:08:48 -0400

The RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians was created for students who have been through the Canadian immigration process. Recognizing how immigration has shaped Canada’s cultural, social, and economic development, the scholarship rewards the efforts of students who have succeeded academically while simultaneously adjusting to life in a new country.

Lost Canadians to Regain Citizenship

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:06:49 -0400

A recent Citizenship and Immigration Canada report recommends that the federal government retroactively restore Canadian citizenship to thousands of 'Lost Canadians'. These people have had their citizenship denied or unknowingly allowed to expire because of several obscure clauses in the 1947 Citizenship Act.

Library Settlement Partnerships assist newcomers to Canada

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:54 -0400

The Library Settlement Partnerships program, a three-way partnership between Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), settlement services providers and public libraries, has been introduced to 11 communities in Ontario.

Liberals may trigger June election over proposed immigration changes

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:02:30 -0400

Last week, the Liberal shadow Cabinet held a quasi-emergency meeting in which the need to go to the polls as soon as possible was debated and recognized. According to Liberal sources, the general consensus was that the Conservative immigration reform plan would be the trigger for an election and that Canadians should go to the polls as early as June.

Liberal immigration platform to invest $800,000 in newcomer integration

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:00:15 -0400

In their second week of campaigning for next month’s federal election, the party leaders have been sharing their platforms for Canadian immigration. Stephane Dion, leader of the Liberal party, recently announced that, if elected, the Liberal party would allocate $800 million to modernize and streamline the Canadian immigration system.

Le gouvernement du Quebec

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:58:09 -0400

Mme Yolande James, ministre de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles du Québec, souligne que le dossier des reconnaissances des acquis est devenu une priorité du gouvernement. Elle a récemment annoncé la réalisation de sept nouveaux projets dans le but de faciliter le processus de reconnaître les compétences des immigrants au Québec. Le gouvernement provincial a collaboré avec plusieurs ordres professionnels régissant les professions d'agronome, de médecin vétérinaire, de comptable en management accrédité, d'avocat, de dentiste, d'hygiéniste dentaire, et de technicien dentaire pour réaliser ces projets.

Latest News on Changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:56:15 -0400

On March 14, 2008 Canada’s Conservative government proposed amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). If passed, these changes would give the Minster of Immigration (the Minister) more power to control the number and type of people allowed into the country and the speed with which they may enter Canada.

Language Diversity in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:53:34 -0400

Canadians speak over 200 languages according to the latest language reports from Statistics Canada's 2006 census. For the first time in Canadian history, allophones (people whose first language is neither French nor English) represented 20 per cent of Canada's population.

Labour Force Implications of Canada's Aging Population

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:50:57 -0400

Statistics Canada recently released the latest age and gender statistics based on the 2006 census. The results show an aging population in which the fastest growing portion of the population (aged 55 to 64) will soon be exiting the work force.

Job-specific language training becoming more widely available for newcomers

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:47:51 -0400

Specialized English and/or French language training programs, tailored for the profession in which newcomers plan to work, are becoming increasingly common.

International Student Off-Campus Work Permit Extended to Private Institutions

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:39:15 -0400

Since its inception as a pilot project in 2003, the Off-Campus Work Permit Program has only been available to international students at public Canadianuniversities and colleges. Nationally launched in April 2006, the initiative has already benefited over 8,300 international students by giving themCanadian work experience and financial independence.

International Organization for Migration issues its World Migration Report

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:37:02 -0400

The fourth World Migration Report, entitled 'Managing Labour Mobility in the Evolving Global Economy' was recently released by the Geneva-based International Organization for Migration (IOM).

International Graduates in Newfoundland and Labrador can now be nominated for PR under the NL PNP

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:35:00 -0400

Newfoundland and Labradoris the latest Canadian province to open up its Provincial Nomination Program to international students who have been studying in this Atlantic province.

International cooperation initiative to help uphold Canada's immigration and refugee programs

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:31:43 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney and Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan have announced a new internationalinformation-sharing initiative that will enhance Canada’s security and protect the integrity of Canadian immigration programs.

In-Person Foreign Credential Referral Services Now Offered Across Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:29:31 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Diane Finley announced that as of November 30, 320 Service Canada centres across the country are providing in-person foreign credential referral services for internationally-trained newcomers.

Indo-Canadian candidates very involved in upcoming federal election

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:27:06 -0400

Over thirty Indo-Canadian candidates are seeking seats in the House of Commons in the upcoming election, torepresent ridings across the country. In some ridings, these candidates are even running against each other.

India vows to help Citizenship and Immigration Canada reduce visa fraud

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:24:53 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney recently visited the Canadian immigration visa office in the Punjab capital of Chandigarh to discuss operations and means of increasing efficiency.

Increasing the Availability of Foreign Credential Referral Services

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:22:33 -0400

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Diane Finley, recently announced that 75 Service Canada centres in Ontario now offer in-person foreign credential information and referral services to newcomers. As part of the Foreign Credential Referral Office (FCRO), launched in May 2007, the services provided will facilitate the assessment and recognition of skills obtained outside of Canada.

Increasing number of American students at Canadian universities

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:20:43 -0400

Canadian universities have been increasing their marketing and recruitment efforts abroad to increase foreign student numbers and to give their campus a more international outlook.

Increases in immigrant settlement support from Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:18:39 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney has pledged to continue working with provincial governments to increasethe uptake of immigrant settlement programs.

Increased Cooperation on Immigration Between Nova Scotia and Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:15:12 -0400

A new immigration agreement has been signed between Nova Scotia and Canada to attract and retain more immigrants to meet provincial labour market needs.

Improving foreign credential recognition processes in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:13:20 -0400

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Minister Diane Finley recently met with community leaders in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to discuss thecurrent economic situation and how plans are moving along to improve the process of assessing and recognizing foreign credentials.

Immigration Settlement Services for Youth in Toronto

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:11:01 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Diane Finley recently announced funding for 19 organizations in Toronto to provide settlement services in schools, libraries, and community centres directed at young newcomers. This is the first year that funding has been allocated specifically for immigrant youth.

Immigration priorities for Federal Skilled Worker applicants to be released this fall

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:08:34 -0400

After cross-Canada consultationsand a recent national round table with business, industry, labour, and non-governmental organizations, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) MinisterDiane Finley has announced that the instructions which will govern the handling of Federal Skilled Worker applicants will be released this fall.

Immigration to Nunavut gets federal government support

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:06:48 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Diane Finley recently announced that funding of more than $600,000 will be provided over three years to help Nunavut attract newcomers to the Northern Territory.

Immigration Minister proposes changes to improve the Live-In Caregiver Program

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:03:57 -0400

On Friday, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minster Jason Kenney announced proposed changes to the Live-in Caregiver program that will helpprotect foreign workers in Canada employed as live-in caregivers.

Immigration Minister proposes changes to protect Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 23:01:42 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney is proposing changes to theTemporary Foreign Worker program in Canada. The suggested changes are aimed at strengthening the protection of Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada.

Immigration interviews now available at Canadian visa office in Beirut, Lebanon

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:59:34 -0400

Services are being enhanced at the Canadian immigration visa office in Beirut, Lebanon. Effective immediately, Permanent Resident applicants who are required to attend an interview have the option to do so in Beirut. Previously, these applicants were required to travel to Damascus, Syria for their interviews (applications from Lebanon are processed at the Damascus visa office).

Immigration helps Manitoba continue its record-breaking growth

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:22:59 -0400

The province of Manitoba is experiencing record-breaking population growth, in large part due to immigration from around the world.

Immigration fuels Canadian population growth

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:19:21 -0400

Statistics Canada recently released population growth numbers for the last quarter of 2008. The 0.19 per cent increase is the fastest fourth-quartergrowth rate since 1992 and can be largely attributed to net international migration, says the agency.

Immigration boosting Canadian population numbers

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:16:32 -0400

Canada's population grew by 129,000 people between July 1 and October 1, 2008, representing the largest third quarter growth since 1990. A large proportion of this growth was due to the 71,300 people who came to Canada from abroad during that time.

Immigrant Success Awards honour those who help bring skilled immigrants into the workforce

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:05:22 -0400

Every year, the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) recognizes individuals and Canadian employers who have made outstanding contributions to helping newcomers integrate into the workforce in Toronto, Ontario. Five awards were presented.

Immigrants Play Important Role in the Future of Canadian Agriculture

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 21:02:38 -0400

This year, 22,000 workers from around the world arrived in Canada under the Canadian government's seasonal work agriculture program. Created in 1974, this program, along with local agencies, assists farmers in bringing in foreign workers to do the planting, pruning, weeding, and picking of fruit and vegetable crops across the country. The government monitors working and living conditions and sets wages.

Halal Products Increasingly Prevalent in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:56:51 -0400

With a growing Muslim population in Canada, retailers are learning that there is a very significant consumer market in search of halal products. Many local stores are reporting recent increases in halal sales by as much as 80 per cent and many large retailers, such as Loblaws and Wal-Mart are now carrying a selection of halal products. The prevalence of halal products in Canada allows Muslims an easier way to maintain religious rituals.

H1B holders may not be able to work at American companies receiving government bailout money

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:55:11 -0400

A recent bill introduced in the United States Senate, if passed, would prohibit American firms that receive federal bailout money from hiring H1B workers. H1B holders are temporary foreign workers in the United States. The bill seeks to protect the jobs of Americans by minimizing the number of foreign workers in the country during the current economic troubles.

Governor General honours volunteer for helping immigrants with their settlement in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:53:19 -0400

Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean has honoured a New Brunswick woman for helping newcomers with their settlement in Canada.

Government funds partnership to help new Canadians find work in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:50:52 -0400

Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) recently announced an investment of $800,000, in collaboration with the Maytree Foundation, which willhelp immigrant skilled workers integrate into the Canadian workforce.

Government Focus on French Language in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:48:02 -0400

Both the provincial government of Quebec and the federal government of Canada have been investing in French language training in order to reinforceFrench-speaking cultural communities across Canada.

Government of Canada Youth Mobility Agreement signed with Poland

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:46:18 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently signed a Youth Mobility Agreement with Poland which allows young people from Canada and Poland to travel and work in each other’s country for a one-year period.

Government of Canada launching projects to celebrate Chinese-Canadians

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:44:11 -0400

Under the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP), Canadian Government recently announced four new projects to reach out to Canada's Chinese community and to raise awareness about its history in Canada and its contributions. It is intended to raise awareness among Canadians about the Chinese Head Tax and other measures that restricted Chinese immigration to Canada between 1885 and 1947.

Government of Canada brings home Canadian citizen stranded in Sudan

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:41:55 -0400

In the May edition of the Canadian Immigration Newsletter, Attorney David Cohen wrote a blog about a Canadian citizen who had been stranded in Sudan for six years as an al-Qaeda suspect.

Francophone Immigrants in Manitoba Receive Integration Support

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:39:42 -0400

Earlier this month, the Canadian government announced funding for a project that will help francophone immigrant families in Manitoba with their settlement and integration in their new communities in Canada.

Formal apology will soon be issued to Indo-Canadian community for Komagata Maru incident of 1914

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:31:36 -0400

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, recently announced that the Government of Canada would soon issue a formal apology in Parliament for the Komagata Maru tragedy.

Formal apology will soon be issued to Indo-Canadian community for Komagata Maru incident of 1914

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:31:36 -0400

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity, recently announced that the Government of Canada would soon issue a formal apology in Parliament for the Komagata Maru tragedy.

Foreign-Trained Nurses Assessed Abroad Before Immigrating to Alberta

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:28:41 -0400

A new pilot project has been launched by the federal and Alberta governments to fast-track the entry of internationally-trained nurses into Alberta's health care system.

Foreign Credentials Referral Office: Progress Report

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:25:42 -0400

Launched less than a year ago, the Foreign Credentials Referral Office (FCRO) is a tool to help newcomers and prospective immigrants obtain the information they need to prepare themselves for work in Canada in their fields.

First Anniversary of Government of Canada's Redress for Chinese Canadians

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:23:22 -0400

On June 22 of last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper apologized to the Chinese Canadian community for Canada's past immigration policies and the head tax once charged to newcomers from China. Survivors or their surviving conjugal partners have been offered $20,000 in symbolic payments.

Fast-track immigration for Afghans who have worked with Canadian diplomats and military

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:21:41 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney is currently finalizing a new policy to help Afghans who have become endangered through their associations with the Canadian military and Canadian diplomats. Afghans who have been seriously injured as a result of working with the Canadian military and those who face threats from insurgents because of they have assisted foreigners, will be eligible for fast-track Canadian immigration.

Expansion of Expedited Labour Market Opinion Pilot Project

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:18:50 -0400

Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has announced that the Expedited Labour Market Opinion (E-LMO) pilot project to bring in foreign workers to Alberta and British Columbia, has been expanded for an additional 21 occupations. It will now be much faster for Alberta and BC employers to hire temporary foreign workers for a greater number of occupations.

Expansion of BC PNP - Fast-track PR for workers in the food processing sector

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:17:03 -0400

The Strategic Occupations Stream of the British Columbia Provincial Nomination Program (PNP), currently a pilot project, has expanded beyond tourism and trucking to include workers in the food processing industry.

European Union Wants Canadian Visa Requirements Lifted for New EU Members

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:14:41 -0400

The European Commission presented a report this week that criticized Canada's lack of transparency and the delays it has caused in the negotiations over removing visa requirements for the eight most recent EU members.

ESDC changes Canadian employer advertising requirements for hiring foreign skilled workers

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:13:05 -0400

To obtain permission to hire a foreign worker, Canadian employers must satisfy Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) that they have first undertaken sufficient efforts to hire Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. An important element of this recruitment is the minimum advertisement requirement for the position.

Employment and Home Ownership the Most Important Factors in Canadian Immigrant Settlement

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:10:28 -0400

A recent study by RBC and Ipsos Reid shows that 27 per cent of Canadian immigrants who have been in Canada for ten years or less feel truly established in Canada and 54 per cent feel they are in the process of getting settled. 19 per cent of respondents stated that they still feel new to Canada.

Employer-based initiatives help immigrants settle into the Canadian workforce

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:07:12 -0400

A primary concern for most newcomers to Canada is finding employment in their new cities and towns after their arrival. Across Canada, both government and privately-funded organizations recognize the importance of employer-based initiatives in helping new immigrants integrate into the Canadian workforce.

Economic Justice Fellowship Awarded to Canadian Immigrant-Rights Activist

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:05:10 -0400

Ms. Uzma Shakir was recently awarded the Atkinson Economic Justice Fellowship to continue her community-based work around multiculturalism, immigration, and social inclusion. The award of up to $100,000 over three years will help Uzma Shakir focus on engaging new immigrants to build a stronger future for Canada.

TRIEC compiles directory of professional networks for immigrants

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:02:59 -0400

The Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) recently set up a directory of professional networks for immigrants, to help connect newcomers to jobs in their new environment.

Czech residents can now apply for their Canadian Temporary Resident Visas from Prague

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:01:16 -0400

Beginning December 1, Czech residents will no longer have to travel to Vienna in order to apply for their Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs). The Canadian Embassy in Prague will be issuing TRVs to residents of the Czech Republic starting Monday.

Croatia added to Canada's list of visitor visa-exempt countries

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:59:29 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that, effective immediately, travelers from Croatia will no longer need to obtain Temporary Resident Visas to visit Canada. The announcement was made to an audience of Canadian-Croatian immigration associations at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Norval, near Toronto, Ontario.

Critical Need for IT Workers in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:56:48 -0400

The shortage of information technology (IT) workers that is looming in Canada could cripple the sector and seriously impact the Canadian economy, says a recent report by a coalition of industryprofessionals.

Cricket is a hot growth sport in Canada because of immigration

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:54:53 -0400

Canada has more than 40,000 registered cricket players across the country, according to Cricket Canada, and perhaps 50,000 more who are not registered in a league. Cricket has been growing in popularity over the years in Canada, mainly due to immigrants who have brought their passion for the sport to Canada from the Commonwealth countries in South Asia and the Caribbean, and from the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.

Credential Recognition for Foreign-Trained Architects Now More Transparent

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:52:44 -0400

Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) recently announced that it will be funding a new initiative through the Foreign Credential Recognition Program for internationally-trained architects.

Court orders Canadian Government to bring detained Canadian back home from Sudan

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:50:57 -0400

In the May edition of the Canadian Immigration Newsletter, Attorney David Cohen blogged about a Canadian citizen who has been stranded in Sudan for six years as an al-Qaeda suspect.

Construction Sector recruiting Canadian immigrants

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:48:16 -0400

The construction sector in Western Canada has been plagued by a shortage of skilled tradespeople for some time. Electricians, carpenters, steam fitters, pipe fitters, and sheet metal workers are among the jobs where the demand is greatest, according to the Construction Sector Council.

Construction of Canada's human rights museum

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:45:58 -0400

A recent sod-turning ceremony, attended by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal Heritage Minister James Moore, initiated the constructionof the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), which will begin construction in Winnipeg, Manitoba this March.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada working to protect immigrants from deception

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:44:17 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has launched an awareness campaign to inform immigrants about how to protect themselves from dishonest and unethical immigration consultants and representatives.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada offers new online 'Work in Canada' resource

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:40:47 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney has announced a new online resource to help Canadian immigrants and prospective immigrants integrate into the job market more quickly and to obtain work in their fields.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada investing further in newcomer settlement in Ontario

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:37:38 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney recently announced that there will be an expansion of immigrant settlement services in southern Ontario libraries.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada plans to make immigrant settlement more effective

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:29:41 -0400

With new citizenship regulations recently put into effect, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has been vocal about improving the immigrant integration and citizenship processes so that newcomers can better integrate into the Canadian mosaic.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada considers creating refugee appeal board

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:20:13 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney said that the Conservative government is open to creating a refugee appeal board, and that he wants to work with the opposition parties to develop a new model that will alleviate the backlog in the processing of refugee claims.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada announces funding for francophone refugees in Manitoba

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:17:48 -0400

Earlier this week, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenny announced that the Canadian government will be providing $112,000 in federal funding to the Société franco-manitobaine in Winnipeg, Manitoba to ensure improved access to settlement services for 50 government-sponsored francophone refugees.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Supporting Prince Edward Island Immigrants

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:15:12 -0400

Prince Edward Island (PEI) will be receiving federal funding to develop online content, tools, and services to promote the province as an immigration destination and to improve the immigrant settlement process. The funding was recently announced by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Diane Finley. It is part of $18.8 million funding package that was announced earlier this year to increase online immigration support in several provinces and territories.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Reverses Policy on Sikh Surnames

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:12:57 -0400

The issue was raised on Tuesday, addressed on Wednesday, and the policy dropped by Thursday. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) reacted quickly after the World Sikh Organization raised the issue about a 10-year policy that required Canadian immigration applicants with the last name Singh or Kaur to change their names.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada May Limit Immigration Applications

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:10:52 -0400

In their efforts to deal with the current backlog of immigration applications, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has proposed changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) in the federal budget for 2008. At present, the IRPA states that Citizenship and Immigration Canada must process every application that enters the system.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Invest Further in Language Instruction for Newcomers to Ontario

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 18:08:29 -0400

Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently announced the allocation of $12.5 million for the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program. The funding will be distributed among seven partner agencies in Hamilton, Ontario – among them the Settlement and Integration Services Organization and the Circle of Friends for Newcomers. Increased language training funding was also announced for the region of Caledon, Ontario.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Encouraging Immigration to Smaller Communities

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:55:50 -0400

Attracting and Retaining Immigrants: A Tool Box of Ideas for Smaller Centres has recently been released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and provincial, municipal, and community partners. It is a comprehensive guide for smaller communities who want to create their own immigration strategies, to attract and encourage Canadian newcomers.

CIMC Minister Kenney plans to maintain a robust Canadian immigration program

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:52:42 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney recently commented on the Conservative government's plans for Canadian immigration while on a visit to the Ukraine. He stated that immigrants are needed to ensure economic growth.

CIC pilot project to speed Federal Skilled Worker application processing times

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:49:57 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) recently announce a pilot project that will centralize the receipt of new Federal Skilled Worker applications at the Case Processing Centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

CIC facilitates visa extension process for Temporary Residents in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:48:18 -0400

Last week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that it is making it easier for Temporary Residents in Canada to extend their stays by enabling them to fill out their applications to extend their visas online.

CIC Minister discussing immigration priorities with stakeholders across Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:46:29 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Diane Finley has begun her cross-Canada tour through which CIC will develop the framework for the newamendments to Canadian immigration legislation. By way of meetings and video conferences, provincial and territorial governments, as well asrepresentatives from business, labour, and academic and non-government organizations will be consulted.

New CIC Minister Jason Kenney delivers address on Canadian immigration

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:43:33 -0400

Jason Kenney, the new Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism delivered an address today on the future of Canadian immigration. Hestated that the Government of Canada remains committed to a dynamic immigration program and to the successful integration of newcomers.

CIC introduces new Indo-Canadian Advisory Committee for its Community Historical Recognition Program

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:42:15 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) named three members to the Indo-Canadian Advisory Committee for the Community Historical Recognition Program (CHRP) on Saturday.

CIC Helping New Brunswick to Attract French-Speaking Immigrants

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:38:48 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Diane Finley recently announced funding for the Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick (SAANB) to help attract French-speaking immigrants to the province’s francophone communities and to provide settlement supports.

CIC to expedite Canadian immigration applications for some applicants from the Philippines

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:36:43 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney announced today that certain visa applications from Philippines residents whohave been affected by Typhoon Ketsana will be processed on a priority basis.

CIC accepting Canadian Experience Class applications as of September 17, 2008

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:34:36 -0400

Beginning September 17, 2008, applications will be accepted under the Canadian Experience Class of Canadian immigration. This new category was designed specifically for Canada’s temporary foreign workers and international graduates with work experience, as a means to more easily transition these temporary residents into Canadian permanent residents.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada announces Language Training Vouchers for new immigrants

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:31:15 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney announced today that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will be providing Language Training Vouchers to new immigrants starting this fall. The vouchers are meant to encourage new immigrants to take advantage of settlement services and integrate into their new communities more successfully.

CIC announces funding for program that helps young immigrants prepare for school

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:29:27 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced today that it is providing funding for the Home Instruction for Parents of Pre–School Youngsters program (HIPPY), a program that helps parents prepare their children for school and connect with services in their communities.

Choosing Where to Reside in Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:26:40 -0400

Approximately 80 per cent of Canadian immigrants have chosen to settle in Canada's five largest urban centres (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa). A Statistics Canada study cited that, for the majority of immigrants, the most important reason for choosing a particular destination in Canada is because family and/or friends are already there. Whether there are good job prospects in the area is the second most important reason. The study underlines the importance of community networks and social ties to immigrant integration and settlement.

Children Adopted Overseas Can Now Become Canadian Citizens More Easily

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:24:12 -0400

Effective December 23, 2007, a new amendment to Canada's citizenship laws has gone into effect to streamline the process of obtaining citizenship for children adopted abroad by Canadian parents. The process for these cases is now more in line with that for children born abroad to Canadian parents.

Changes to Quebec’s immigration program come into effect

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:22:00 -0400

The province of Quebec has made changes to its immigration program in order to accept greater numbers of qualified immigrants. The adjustments to the Quebec Skilled Worker selection system are meant to favour more individuals who can successfully integrate into the province’s labour force and society, as well as welcome more young families.

Changes may be coming to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:19:50 -0400

A Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee report on illegal and temporary foreign workers has recently been tabled in the House of Commons, offeringdozens of recommendations to improve Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.

Celebrating Canadian Citizenship Week

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:17:46 -0400

Sunday October 21 will close out Citizenship and Immigration Canada's annual Citizenship Week, "a time we dedicate each year to celebrate our shared values of respect, freedom and justice, and reflect on what it means to be Canadian." Hundreds of people have become Canadian citizens this week and hundreds more have reaffirmed their allegiance to Canada at the many citizenship ceremonies across the country.

Need help with your Canadian job search? It's finally here.

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:14:07 -0400

Finding a fulfilling job in Canada is the number one priority for most new Canadians as well as anyone thinking of immigrating to Canada. As part of our continuing commitment to making your Canadian immigration application process as smooth and as rewarding as possible, we are delighted to announce that we are teaming up with CareerJoy, Canada’s Career Coaching Company, to bring you the help you need to get started on your Canadian job search.

Canadian Workforce Aging - Labour Shortages to Increase

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:11:56 -0400

A recent Statistics Canada report focuses on the changing Canadian workforce, highlighting the dwindling ratio of replacement workers to retirees. Given Canada’s demographic makeup and its declining fertility rates, regional labour shortages will likely become more severe and spread. In 2006, there were 1.9 Canadians aged 20-34 entering the workforce for each person aged 55-64 leaving it.

Canadian Temporary Resident Visas No Longer Required for Czech and Latvian Visitors

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:03:48 -0400

Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, recently announced that citizens of the Czech Republic and Latvia will no longer need visas to visit Canada. The policy is effective immediately and is applicable to visits of 90 days or less.

Canadians want immigration policy to concentrate on national workforce and family reunification

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:01:14 -0400

A recent poll by Nanos Research for Policy Options says that 72.6 per cent of Canadians realize the importance of immigration to the future of the country. When asked what Canadian immigration policy for the selection of immigrants should focus on, 84.9 per cent of Canadians responded that it is important to select immigrants whose skills match the needs of Canada’s labour-tight work force. 81.1 per cent responded that family reunification was equally important.

Canadians Increasingly Positive Toward Immigrants, According to Survey

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:55:25 -0400

In contrast with a similar survey done in 1993, the Ipsos-Reid poll suggests that present-day Canadians are more comfortable with granting equal rights and opportunities to recent Canadian immigrants. Nearly two thirds of respondents believe that immigrants should have just as much say in Canada’s future as Canadian-born citizens.

Canadians honoured for outstanding contributions to newcomer settlement

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:53:42 -0400

The purpose of Canada's Citation for Citizenship awards is to "recognize volunteer work in support of the citizenship values of freedom, justice, equalityand respect for diversity." It honours Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to helping immigrants and refugees settle into Canadian society.

Canadian Post-Secondary Educational Institutions Catering to Mature Students - Immigrants

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:49:37 -0400

Over the past decade, the number of adults seeking college education in Canada has swelled tremendously. In Ontario this fall, only 34 per cent of first-year college students will be coming directly from high school.

Canadian population increasingly more educated because of immigration

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:48:30 -0400

According to Statistics Canada, 51 per cent of people who immigrated to Canada between 2001 and 2006 have university degrees. This is largely due to the Canadian immigration selection system, which puts a lot of emphasis on post-secondary education.

Canadian Population Grows to 33 Million

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:42:48 -0400

A recent Statistics Canada report (based on the 2001 census) pegs Canada's population at 33,091,200 as of October 1, 2007. Immigration continues to be animportant contributor to population growth, with 71,600 newcomers arriving in the third quarter of this year, a quarterly increase not seen in over 30years. Total population growth since July 1, 2007 was 115,200.

Canadian population grows to 33,311,389 largely due to immigration

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:40:30 -0400

As of July 1st, a Statistics Canada report pegs the Canadian population at 33,311,389. The second quarter of 2008 saw the largest population increase since the late 1980’s. This was mainly due to new immigrant arrivals.

Canadian PM: Mixture of Integration and Accommodation is the Right Approach

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:36:25 -0400

As part of a year-end review with The Canadian Press, Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised the country's record for helping immigrants settle in Canada. He addressed the issues of how Canadians accommodate new cultures and to what extent immigrants assume Canadian values.

Canadian permanent resident card application process facilitated

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:34:16 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has made two significant changes to the permanent resident card (PR card) application process.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights to Open in 2010

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:32:05 -0400

Currently in fundraising phase, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will have the mission "to advance understanding and support for human rights in Canadaand throughout the world." The vision is to create a centre for learning and discussion.

New Canadian Multicultural Program in Northwest Territories

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:30:10 -0400

Though immigration to Canada’s northern territories is small by comparison to the immigration flow to Canadian provinces, the number of newcomers decidingto live in the Northwest Territories (NWT), the Yukon, and Nunavut is on the increase. In response to this, there have been new immigrant settlement service agencies setting up in the northern territories to help newcomers with the transition into Canadian society and the Canadian workforce.

Canadian media showcases immigrant experiences

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:27:01 -0400

The Migrations Online Film Festival and Competition - a seven-week event that showcases short films focusing on immigration stories, issues, and insights - has recently begun. It is an initiative of Radio-Canada International and is in its second year of production, following much success last year.

Canadian immigration visa office in Lebanon now open to permanent resident applications

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:24:46 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced that as of March 31, Lebanese citizens applying to immigrate to Canada may choose the visa office in Beirut, Lebanon as their main point of service.

Canadian immigration reforms pass with support from Senate

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:22:26 -0400

The controversial amendments to Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) have received support from Senate and the House of Commons. The budget implementation act, which included the immigration reforms, was adopted by the Senate yesterday. The changes will put greater emphasis on admitting immigrants who have the skills that are in high demand in Canada. They will apply only to applications submitted on or after February 27, 2008. Applications submitted before then will be processed under the old rules.

Canadian immigration recommendations from Conference Board of Canada

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:19:20 -0400

A recent report, titled Renewing Immigration: Towards a Convergence and Consolidation of Canada's Immigration Policies, was recently released by the Conference Board of Canada. The report outlines what needs to be done to address Canada's economic needs through immigration; recommending that Canada increase the annual number of new Permanent Residents admitted from 250,000 to 360,000.

Canadian Immigration Pre-Arrival Orientation in Asia

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:16:20 -0400

The Canadian Immigration Integration Project (CIIP) in Asia is a $4.5 million government-funded initiative, which aims to better prepare soon-to-be Canadian immigrants for settlement in Canada. The three-year pilot project began in January in Manila, Delhi, and Hong Kong. Starting this month, the pre-arrival service will also be provided in Beijing, Gujarat, and Punjab.

Canadian immigration policies seen as model for other countries

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:13:49 -0400

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has named Canada as a model to other countries on how to accept new immigrants and migrant workers.

Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney visits Pakistan

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:11:43 -0400

On a two-day visit to Pakistan, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney met with Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani to discuss Pakistani-Canadian relations with regards to immigration, employment of Pakistani citizens in Canada, and Canadian investment in Pakistan.

Canadian Immigration Integration Project Receives More Funding

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:02:00 -0400

Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will be investing an additional $3.8 million into the Canadian Immigration Integration Project (CIIP) to prolong the successful program until 2010.

Canadian Immigration History Research Centre Opening at Pier 21

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:59:06 -0400

The story of Canada’s history is one of a constant flow of immigrants arriving to help build Canada from the ground up. To document this important part of Canadian history and share it with future generations, the Scotiabank Research Centre is now being opened at Pier 21, home of Canada’s Immigration Museum.

Canadian immigration amendments pass through Parliament

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:56:52 -0400

Controversial changes to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) have passed final reading in the House of Commons. The proposed immigration amendments,which were included in the Conservative government’s budget implementation bill, will now be reviewed by Senate before they can be passed into law.

Canadian immigrant author's new book to help young newcomers with integration

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:52:32 -0400

Integration into life in Canada can be especially challenging for immigrant children. Rukhsana Khan, herself a Canadian immigrant from Pakistan, experienced this challenge first hand while growing up in Dundas, Ontario in the 1960's. Her new book, Coming to Canada, aims to help your newcomers with the integration process.

Canadian government to facilitate immigration for some Afghan nationals

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:11:13 -0400

The Canadian government announced today that it will introduce special measures to facilitate immigration to Canada for Afghan nationals who have worked with the Canadian mission in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Canadian government issues funding to New Brunswick for its immigration programs

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:08:26 -0400

The Canadian federal government has issued $10-million to the province of New Brunswick to help the province attract and retain more immigrants from diverse backgrounds.

Canadian government invests in four new Welcome Centres for newcomers in York, Ontario

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:05:52 -0400

Earlier this week, Citizenship and Immigration and Canada (CIC) and Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora Lois Brown announced that the Canadian government is investing $19.7-million to establish four new Welcome Centres for immigrants in the Ontario region of York.

Canadian Government Investing in Online Resources for Immigration

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:02:23 -0400

In recognition of the value of online resources for individuals looking to immigrate to Canada, the Government of Canada has committed new funding to support efforts by a number of Canadian provinces toimprove their online presence.

Canadian Government Investing in Immigration and Diversity Research

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 01:00:31 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) have pledged $7.5 million over five years to the national Metropolis Project for research into globalization, migration, and diversity.

Canadian Government Investing in Immigrant Services in Atlantic Region

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:58:26 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have recently pledged new funding to help newcomers establish themselves in Newfoundland and Labrador .

Canadian government announces Local Immigration Partnerships for two more Ontario regions

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:56:08 -0400

Last month, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced several Local Immigration Partnership initiatives for the cities and surrounding areas of Guelph, Niagara and York, in Ontario. Since then, CIC has announced that the cities and surrounding regions of Peterborough and Kitchener-Waterloo will also be receiving government funding for Local Immigration Partnerships of their own.

Canadian Government announces Local Immigration Partnerships for several Ontario municipal regions

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:45:12 -0400

This week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced several Local Immigration Partnership initiatives for Ontario cities and their surrounding areas.

Canadian government announces faster credential recognition for immigrants

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:39:05 -0400

The Canadian government has announced the creation of the Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, which will allow foreign-trained workers in some professions to have their credentials assessed quickly.

Canadian Federal Skilled Worker applicants will be admitted based on occupation

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:36:50 -0400

According to Ontario Immigration Minister Michael Chan, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has established a list of 38 occupations that will be usedfor the selection of Federal Skilled Worker applicants. CIC Minister DianeFinley informed provincial immigration ministers about the list earlier this month.

Canadian Federal Election Results: Conservatives win minority government

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:35:03 -0400

Yesterday's Canadian federal election resulted in Canada's third consecutive minority government, re-electing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party. Though the Conservatives did not clinch the enough seats to make up a majority government, their minority was strengthened to 143 seats, up from 127 in the 2006 election.

2009 Canadian federal budget allocates new funding to foreign credential recognition

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:32:41 -0400

Last week's federal budget announced an extra $50 million to improve the process of recognizing internationally-obtained education and work experience,so that newcomers to Canada can access jobs in their fields of specialization more quickly.

Canadian Experience Class to be Introduced in 2008

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:28:22 -0400

As of next year, a new stream of Canadian immigration will be available to certain temporary foreign workers andinternational students with Canadian degrees and Canadian work experience.

Canadian Experience Class of immigration now open for applications

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:26:33 -0400

As of today, September 17, 2008, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is accepting applications for the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) ofimmigration. Designed specifically for temporary foreign workers and international graduates with Canadian work experience, the CEC will converttemporary Canadian residents into permanent residents.

Canadian Education Centre Promotes Study in Canada for Foreign Students

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:23:43 -0400

"Study in Canada and pursue your dreams," is the motto of the Canadian Education Centre (CEC), a non-profit organization with 20 international offices. Since 1991, the CEC has been organizing bi-annual Canadian Education Fairs to raise awareness about the many education options in Canada for foreign students from kindergarten to the graduate level.

Canadian economy shows many signs of growth

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:21:13 -0400

Last month, the Bank of Canada declared that the recession in Canada was effectively over. This week, there have been more reports that the Canadian economy is growing.

Canadian Economy creates more than 79,000 jobs in November

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:03:31 -0400

This week, Statistics Canada (StatsCan) reported that the Canadian economy added more than five times the expected number of jobs in November, a sign that the country's economic recovery is well underway.

Canadian Currency - A Star in 2007

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:44:34 -0400

Time magazine, a renowned American publication named the loonie (the Canadian dollar) the Canadian Newsmaker of 2007. The magazine defines the Newsmaker as the person, group, place, or thing that has had the most impact on the news in Canada over the year. Canada's booming economy and soaring commodity prices for its abundant resources are chiefly responsible for the loonie's solid performance this year.

Canadian companies actively recruiting overseas

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:42:28 -0400

With persistent labour shortages in certain industries across Canada, more and more Canadian employers are looking to recruit workers from overseas.

Canadian community spirit celebrated on Canada Day

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:39:45 -0400

Canada is the only country in the world that allows its private citizens to play a role in the resettlement of refugees. Through the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program, groups of Canadiancitizens and permanent residents can bring refugees and refugee families to Canada.

Canadian Banks Focusing on Initiatives for Newcomers

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:37:15 -0400

Canada's Banks are realizing that they need to "attract a diverse client and employee base to be successful in tomorrow's economy." Given that by 2030, statistics show that immigration will be the only source of population growth, leading banks are implementing initiatives tailored to this market in their efforts to grow market share.

Canadian accreditation committee recognizes India law degrees

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:33:27 -0400

Canada's National Committee on Accreditation (NCA), which evaluates the internationally-obtained credentials of lawyers who wish to practice in Canada, has announced that the law degrees of legal professionals from India will be considered equivalent to those from the United Kingdom and Australia.

Canada work permits for American and Mexican professionals extended to 3 years

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:26:05 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney recently announced the expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) temporary work permit program, making it easier for Canadian employers to hire and retain these foreign workers.

Canada will maintain total immigration targets in 2010

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:21:54 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney released this year's annual report on immigration to parliament today. Canada will maintain its overall target for immigration in 2010, expecting to welcome between 240,000 and 265,000 new immigrants.

Canada Welcomes Vietnamese Living Without Status in the Philippines

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:19:15 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Diane Finley has announced the arrival to Canada of the first of many Vietnamese who have been living in the Philippines without status since the 1970’s. Many Vietnamese fled to the Philippines in 1975 following the fall of the Saigon. Several hundred remained there without status; considered stateless, they were denied the right to work, own property, go to public school, or receive government health care.

Canada welcomes Bhutanese refugees

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:16:35 -0400

Some 100,000 Bhutanese refugees of ethnic Nepalese descent have been living in refugee camps run by the United Nations since the early 1990's, having been forced to leave Bhutan and live in exile.

Canada wants to bring in more foreign students

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:14:44 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced that Canada will substantially increase its foreign student targets in 2009.

Canada - United States Border Regulations Evolving

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:12:18 -0400

As of February 1, 2008, Canadians and Americans crossing a land border from Canada to the US will need to show both an official document with photo ID, as well as proof of citizenship. This decision to toughen requirements, announced by American Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, comes less than a month after US Congress delayed a more stringent passport requirement. The requirement that Canadians and Americans carry their passports across US land borders has been postponed by one year until June 2009.

Canada’s Prime Minister meets with North American leaders, discusses Canadian visa policies

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:08:30 -0400

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is in Guadalajara, Mexico, meeting with President of the United States Barack Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in the annual North American Leaders Summit.

Canada and Slovenia sign Youth Mobility Agreement

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:06:00 -0400

Canada and Slovenia signed a Youth Mobility Agreement today that will make it easier for Canadians and Slovenians aged 18-35 to spend up to a year in each other's countries for travel or work.

Canada Scores Well in Europe's Migrant Integration Policy Index

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:03:00 -0400

It was the first time that the Europe-wide immigration index included Canada in its 28-nation study, which explores how countries integrate newcomers into mainstream society. Grading nations based on their immigration policies and legislative frameworks for peaceful integration, the index ranked Canada in fifth place overall, tied with Finland.

Canada's banking system soundest in the world for second straight year

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:58:24 -0400

For the second year in a row, the World Economic Forum has ranked the Canadian banking system the soundest in the world in its annual report on global competitiveness.

Canada re-introduces visitor visa requirements for Czech and Mexican nationals

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:54:23 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney has announced that, starting today, Czech and Mexican nationals will have to apply for a Temporary Resident Visa if they wish to enter Canada for a temporary purpose, such as to study, work or visit.

Canada’s Prime Minister designates Pier 21 immigration museum a National Historic Museum

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:52:31 -0400

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has recently designated an immigration museum located at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, used as a point-of-entry for immigrants for almost 43 years, a National Historic Museum.

Canada's New Budget: Improve and Speed Up the Immigration Process

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:49:12 -0400

Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered the new Canadian budget in Parliament yesterday. Regarding immigration, the new budget pledges 22 million over two years, including legislation to speed up the processing of Permanent Resident applications and to make Canada's immigration system more competitive.

Canada Needs to Keep Foreign Skilled Workers and Students

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:46:29 -0400

Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is stressing the importance of keeping skilled workers in Canada and of recruiting talented immigrants to offset Canada's chronic labour force shortages.

Jason Kenney - Canada's new Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:44:35 -0400

With Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent cabinet shuffle, Jason Kenney, the former Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity has been appointed as the new Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism.

Canada marks Asian Heritage Month

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:42:12 -0400

In 2002, the Government of Canada officially designated the month of May as Asian Heritage Month. Since then, celebrations and festivals highlighting Asian arts and culture have been held across Canada throughout the month of May.

Canada will maintain immigration levels for 2009

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:40:00 -0400

Earlier this year, Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney announced that Canada was considering revising immigration targets, given economic uncertainty and rising unemployment in certain parts of the country.

Canada's Labour Force Concerns: Action is Needed Now

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:36:49 -0400

According to Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC), Canadian labour force growth is projected to increase by only 11 per cent over the next 50 years. This figure is in stark contrast to the 200 per cent growth of the labour force over the past 50 years (from 1956–2006), which was the key contributor to Canada's economic expansion.

Canada is at its Lowest Unemployment Rate in 33 Years

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:33:39 -0400

According to a Statistics Canada report, Canadian employers created 51,100 jobs in September, three times more than economists had predicted. This swell of employment brought the national unemployment rate down to 5.9 per cent, its lowest level since November 1974. Employment has been growing significantly faster in 2007 compared to last year, fueling the strong

Canada invests $50 million to improve foreign credential recognition

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:30:39 -0400

The Government of Canada is working to help new Canadian immigrants integrate into the work force more quickly. Employment and Social DevelopmentCanada (ESDC) Minister Diane Finley and Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney recently announced an investment of$50 million over the next two years to help newcomers have their internationally-obtained education and work experience assessed and recognized morequickly; so that they can work in their fields and contribute to the Canadian workforce more effectively.

Canada investing in immigrant settlement in the Atlantic Provinces

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:27:40 -0400

The provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have recently been allotted new funding for immigrant integration and skills enhancement to help newcomers succeed.

Canada introduces Transit Without Visa program to facilitate travel through Canadian airports

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:22:22 -0400

The Canadian government introduced a new program that will facilitate travel through Canadian airports yesterday. Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney, Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan and International Trade and the Pacific Gateway Minister Stockwell Day announced the Transit Without Visa program, which will allow certain international travelers en route to the United States to pass through Canadian airports without a Canadian transit visa.

Canada's Increased Commitment to Immigration from the Philippines

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:18:24 -0400

Manitoba is the third Canadian province to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Philippine government to streamline the recruitment of Filipino workers to various sectors of Manitoba's growing economy.

Canada's Immigration Minister visits the Middle East

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:16:31 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney has recently returned to Canada from an official trip to the Middle East, where he met with senior government officials and important community and religious leaders in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Israel.

Canada’s immigration minister announces funding to help immigrants settle and integrate in Calgary

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:13:23 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney announced on Friday that nine organizations that provide language training to newcomers in Calgary, Alberta are receiving almost $9.5-million in federal funding.

Canada and Hong Kong sign agreement on Youth Mobility

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:11:22 -0400

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Sunday that Canada had signed an agreement regarding Youth Mobility with Hong Kong, which will allow qualified young people (aged 18 to 30) from both countries to travel and work in each other’s territory for up to one year.

Canada sees high population growth in the second quarter of 2009 due to immigration

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:07:57 -0400

Canada’s population grew by 0.36 per cent over the second quarter of 2009, in large part due to immigration, Statistics Canada reported on Tuesday.

Canada has the best quality of life for expats - survey

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:05:06 -0400

An HSBC Bank International survey, entitled the Expat Experience, has found that expats in Canada have the best quality of life and report that Canada is one of the easiest places in the world to integrate with the local population.

Canada's Governor General an 'icon of Canadian multiculturalism'

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:02:00 -0400

Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean recently wrapped up a five-day visit to France in which she inspired French media and French society with her 'very Canadian approach to diversity.'

Government of Canada facilitates travel between Canada and Lebanon

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:58:26 -0400

At a meeting with Montreal's Lebanese-Canadian community on Saturday, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney announced changes that will allow Canadian air carriers to make arrangements to sell seats on flights of partner airlines (code-sharing) to and from Beirut Lebanon. This will facilitate air travel betweent he two countries.

Canada looking to expand program for pre-arrival preparation for new immigrants

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:56:22 -0400

Last week, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney said that the Canadian government is looking to expand a pilot project aimed at helping prospective immigrants prepare for work and life in Canada.

Canada working with the EU on labour mobility and foreign credential recognition

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:53:55 -0400

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Minister Diane Finley has signed three new agreements with her counterparts in the European Union to improve labour mobility between Canada and the EU.

Canada Eliminates Visa Requirement for Visitors from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Lithuania

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:50:45 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Diane Finley recently announced that, effective immediately, travelers from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia,and Lithuania will no longer need to obtain Temporary Resident Visas to visit Canada. These four countries are latest European Union Member States to begranted visa-free status in Canada's ongoing review of visa requirements for all EU countries.

Canada is a top five destination for international worker mobility

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:47:29 -0400

A recent study by Manpower Inc, which assessed people's willingness to move for work, found that Canada is a top destination of choice for workersaround the world. Canada ranks in fourth place, behind the United States, the United Kingdom, and Spain.

Canada's Conservative Government Survives Vote on Immigration Amendments

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:45:20 -0400

The minority Conservative government has easily survived a confidence vote on its immigration bill after the Opposition Liberals declared that they are not prepared to hang an election on the proposed reforms.

Canada's Competition Bureau Recommends Revising Professional Licensing Requirements

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:42:39 -0400

A recent study by Canada's Competition Bureau found that rules that restrict who can offer professional services in Canada may go further than necessary to protect the public interest.

Canada's Community Historical Recognition Program focuses on Chinese-Canadians

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:40:12 -0400

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity recently announced that $5 million will be made available to the Chinese-Canadian community to go towards commemorative and educational projects about the Chinese immigration experience in Canada and wartime restrictions.

Canada celebrates Citizenship Week

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:37:27 -0400

This week, Canada celebrated Citizenship Week, a week for all Canadians to celebrate their citizenship and to welcome new Canadians in citizenship ceremonies all across the country.

Canada celebrates Black History Month

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:35:41 -0400

February is recognized in Canada as Black History Month, "our annual remembrance of the struggle and the achievements of black Canadians, who have played a vital role in Canada's history," noted Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney.

Canada Boosts Funding to Help Provinces with Immigrant Settlement

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:32:32 -0400

Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada recently committed new federal funding to help provincial governments with the settlement and integration of new immigrants.

Canada's Best Employers for New Canadians focus on newcomer skills and abilities

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:30:13 -0400

According to Mediacorp's 2009 list of "Canada's Best Employers for New Canadians," a growing number of Canadian companies are more interested in the skills and abilities of newcomers than in where they received their education and work experience.

Canada - An attractive immigration destination given global economic downturn

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:25:53 -0400

With its stable banking system and solid economic history, Canada has been weathering the economic slowdown better than many other industrialized countries. Some individuals seeking greater economic stability are turning to Canada as an immigration destination and as a secure place to make an investment.

Canada a Top Immigration Destination for Americans

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:23:21 -0400

The number of Americans admitted to Canada in 2006 is the highest it has been in thirty years. At 10,942, immigration to Canada from the U.S. has nearly doubled since 2000. A recent poll stated that 92 per cent of Americans have a favorable view of Canada, ranking it at the top of a list of 25 countries.

Canada announces new mission in Qatar

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:20:35 -0400

Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs announced today that Canada has plans to open a new embassy in Doha, Qatar, to enhance political and trade relationsbetween the two countries.

Canada and Yukon to collaborate on immigration through new agreement

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:17:24 -0400

The new Agreement on Canada-Yukon Cooperation on Immigration was recently announced by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Diane Finley, and the Yukon Minister of Education, Patrick Rouble. The new agreement will help strengthen the partnership between the two governments to encourage immigration to the Yukon Territory.

Canada and Manitoba working to protect Temporary Foreign Workers

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:15:38 -0400

Human Resources and Social Development Canada is working with the province of Manitoba to develop a Letter of Understanding (LOU) that will strengthen protections for temporary foreign workers. Manitoba is the third province (after Alberta and British Columbia) that the federal government has begun collaborating with to ensure that these workers are guaranteed safe working conditions and the fulfillment of employment contracts.

New Canada-Alberta agreement on training and skills development

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:11:57 -0400

Both Canada and Alberta, along with other provinces and territories, have been implementing labour force strategies to deal with current labour shortages and prepare for the future.

Calgary’s GlobalFest spotlights Canadian citizenship and multiculturalism

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:09:03 -0400

Since 2003, the city of Calgary, Alberta , has held GlobalFest, an annual community-driven festival of fireworks and cultural events that showcase Calgary’s cultural diversity. The theme for this year’s festival, which begins on Friday, is Canadian citizenship and multiculturalism.

British Columbia Skills Connect for Immigrants Program Expands

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:06:06 -0400

Skills Connect, a British Columbia (BC) employment initiative that helps immigrants find jobs that match their skills and experience, is now providing its services to the health care sector.

British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Exceeds Targets

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 21:02:01 -0400

This past year, the British Columbia (BC) Provincial Nominee Program ushered 1,881 skilled and business immigrants into the province, exceeding its target by 9 per cent and increasing the number of nominees over last year by 41 per cent.

British Columbia Lowers Investment Requirements for Business Immigrants

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:53:05 -0400

Recent changes to the British Columbia (BC) Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will make it easier for business immigrants to set up new businesses in the province. The BC PNP has lowered the minimum investment requirements for all three categories of the BC PNP Business Stream (from $800,000 to $400,000 for Business Skills, from $300,000 to $200,000 for Regional Business, and from $1 million to $500,000 for Strategic Projects).

British Columbia Invests Further in Newcomer Job Settlement Services

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:46:18 -0400

Aware of persisting labour shortages for some time now, the British Columbia (BC) government has been investing in WorkBC, the provincial action plan to address skills shortages.

British Columbia Government establishes labour market presence in Punjab

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:43:33 -0400

The Canadian province of British Columbia (BC) is reaching out to northern Indian business owners and skilled workers interested in immigration to Canada by establishing a BC in-market business investment and skilled liaison representative in the Chandigarh region of the Punjab.

British Columbia announces enhanced immigration and settlement services portal

Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:37:58 -0400

British Columbia Earlier this week,(BC) Minister for Advanced Education and Labour Market Development Moira Stilwell announced that newcomers to BC now have an enhanced website that provides settlement and integration resources to immigrants.

Who will be Canada's Next Immigration Minister?

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:15:19 -0400

The Conservative party critic on Immigration, Diane Ablonczy, is considered among political observers as the "front-runner" for the position of Citizenship and Immigration Minister. Ablonczy has been the Conservative party's Citizenship and Immigration critic since 2002.

What You Need to Know about the Quebec Skilled Worker Program

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:11:48 -0400

The best known Canadian immigration program is the Federal Skilled Worker Program. Most potential immigrants believe that itis the easiest or the only immigration program they may qualify for. Many potential immigrants have never heard of the Quebec Skilled Worker Program, or if they have heard of it, they have some misconceptions about the program.

Volpe Takes Time at Podium to Focus on Immigrant Experience in Canada

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:07:40 -0400

At the convention of the Liberal Party of Canada, immigration was brought to the forefront during the speech of Member of Parliament. Joe Volpe. Mr. Volpe served as the Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration from January 2005 until the election of a Conservative Party government in January 2006.

Vancouver wants memorandum on temporary immigration

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:05:22 -0400

British Columbia (B.C.) wants as many temporary foreign workers as needed to fill the labour shortage affecting its booming construction industry.

US Sex Offender Exiled To Canada

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:03:23 -0400

An American teacher, Malcolm Watson, was convicted of having sexual contact with a 15 year old female student and was offered a choice of sentences – either one year in jail, or banishment to Canada for three years. He chose exile in Canada, where he has been a permanent resident (landed immigrant) for the past four years.

Bush, fear of draft fuel wave of U.S. immigration inquiries

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:51:37 -0400

By James Gordon
Feb. 10, 2005
Disgruntled Democrats have had months to cool off since George W. Bush recaptured the U.S. presidency in November, but it appears some may neverrecover.

Undocumented Skilled Workers in Canada

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:49:10 -0400

The Commons immigration committee has decided to hold hearings on tens of thousands of undocumented (illegal) workers currently in Canada. The inquiry will address the ‘illogical policy’ of deporting undocumented foreign workers while Canada faces chronic labour shortages, especially in lower-skilled trades.

Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council promotes importance of skilled immigrants

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:46:51 -0400

The Toronto Region of Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is hosting, "A World of Experience", a week-long event which recognizes immigrant contributions to the Canadian marketplace.

Toronto Mayor Calls to Extend Vote to Landed Immigrants in Municipal Election

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:45:19 -0400

In the midst of a re-election campaign, Toronto mayor David Miller has called for voting in municipal elections to be extended to landed immigrants. He argued that it is necessary to protect their rights and ensure input on issues directly affecting their neighbourhoods.

Poll of Top Corporate Executives Shows Companies are Looking for Talent from Overseas

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:42:30 -0400

With the Canadian economy enjoying a period of steady growth, companies looking to hire additional employees are finding that competition for human resources is fierce. To succeed in this market, top executives are looking beyond their borders to fill their skills shortages. In a recent poll conducted by leading consulting firm Deloitte and Touche LLP, two thirds of top-tier executives felt it was important to look overseas for talent.

34-year-old Chinese-Canadian Michael Chong: the voice of Chinese Canadians in parliament

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:40:08 -0400

Michael Chong is a child of immigrant parents who migrated to Canada from Hong Kong and the Netherlands, respectively. He has expressed pride in his Chinese origins and harbors an active interest in Canada's immigration policy. Chong has asserted his willingness to bring the voices of Chinese Canadian immigrants to the parliament floor. He was elected Member of Parliament in 2004 and has been actively involved in the Conservative Party for over 10 years.

The New Institute for Canadian Citizenship is Established

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:58:19 -0400

In an effort to encourage Canadian permanent residents to become fully engaged Canadian citizens, Canada’s most recent former Governor-General has founded The Institute for Canadian Citizenship. The Right-Honourable Adrienne Clarkson will serve as co-chair of the new non-profit organization with her husband, philosopher John Ralston Saul.

The Government of Ontario launches new settlement website

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:55:56 -0400

Ontario has officially launched its new immigration website:Ontarioimmigration.ca . The online resource appeals to immigrants who choose to make the Province their new home in Canada.

Survey of Recent Immigrants to Canada Shows High Level of Satisfaction, According to Survey

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:42:48 -0400

Four years ago, Statistics Canada launched a new program tracking the successes, challenges and attitudes of new immigrants to Canada over a number of years. The first crop of results are in, and recent immigrants are giving the thumbs-up to their newly adopted nation.

Strategic Plan to Foster Immigration to Francophone Minority Communities

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:39:22 -0400

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration was recently in Winnipeg to help launch a five-year "Strategic Plan" to Foster Immigration to Francophone Minority Communities. This plan aims to increase immigration of French-speaking people to Francophone communities.

Storytelling Initiative Celebrates Contributions Made by Immigrants to Canada

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:37:40 -0400

In an effort to shed light on the important contributions made across Canada by immigrants, an innovative program is bringing their stories throughout the country. The Passages to Canada program brings first hand accounts of immigrant experiences and contributions to Canadian society to a variety of different audiences.

Spousal Sponsorship Changes

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:35:24 -0400

On February 18, 2005 the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration announced that spouses and common-law partners in a genuine relationship with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, regardless of immigration status, are able to apply for permanent residence status while remaining in Canada.

Some Canadians Must Apply to Retain Citizenship

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:33:02 -0400

Days before leaving the post of Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to become Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, the Honourable Monte Solberg sent a letter to Members of Parliament (MP) reminding them that some Canadians' citizenships may lapse if they do not re-apply prior to their 28th birthday.

Small rural communities in Canada working to attract immigrants

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:30:52 -0400

The Community Immigration Retention in Rural Ontario (CIRRO) pilot project was recently launched by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs to create a list of best practices for small communities welcoming immigrants.

Small Business Association Calls for Easier Entry for Non-Professional Workers

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:28:16 -0400

In a report released on labour shortages faced by small and medium sized firms across Canada, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) called for changes to the immigration system to better meet their needs.

Skilled Immigrants in High Demand as Unemployment Matches 30-Year Low

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:26:36 -0400

Driven by greater than expected job creation in December, Canada's unemployment rate fell back down to the 30-year low previously reached in May 2006.

Simplified Application Process Introduced for Federal Skilled Workers

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:20:39 -0400

A new simplified application process seeks to expedite the permanent resident application queue.

Saskatchewan Invests Further in Immigration

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:12:51 -0400

The Government of Saskatchewan has recently announced an $8.5 million infusion of funds into immigration and settlement services for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. This budget represents a 40 per cent increase over 2006-2007.

Safe-third country act denies refugees their inalienable rights

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:28:53 -0400

Amnesty International, as well as The Canadian Counsel for Refugees (CCR), has voiced their collective concern over the real-world implications regarding the Canada/US "Safe-Third Country Agreement". The human rights advocacy groups believe that procedures initiated through this legislation may in effect obstruct valid refugee claimants from gaining access to Canada's refugee determination system.

Right of Permanent Resident Fee reduced by half

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:25:52 -0400

The Government of Canada has reduced the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) from C$975.00 to C$490.00 effective Wednesday, May 3, 2006.

Renewal of Canadian Permanent Resident Cards for International Travel

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 20:00:40 -0400

The Canadian permanent resident (PR) card was first introduced in June 2002 in order to heighten Canada’s border security and provide immigrants with secure and convenient proof of their status in Canada. Valid for a five year period, the cards that were first issued in 2002 will begin expiring in the coming months.

Quebec Annual Action Week Against Racism Begins

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:28:18 -0400

In its eighth consecutive year, Quebec’s Action Week Against Racism is a clear indication that the province is open and welcoming to diverse cultural groups and that it is working to ease the settlement and integration of newcomers into Quebec society. The theme of this year’s event is The Workplace: A Racism-Free Zone and it is dedicated to encouraging the open discussion and development of ideas to make Quebec a society free of any discrimination. Given the importance ofQuebec immigration to maintaining population and economic growth, the ideas and results that come from this week will be very valuable to all Quebec society.

Quebec amends Work Permit rules for international students

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:26:35 -0400

A new agreement between the Quebec government and the Government of Canada grants international students the right to seek off-campus work in all regions of Quebec, including Montréal and Québec City. Nearly one hundred schools across the province are eligible to participate under the newly tabled regulation.

Quality of Life Will Attract Immigrants, say Atlantic Canada Mayors

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:24:31 -0400

While recent Canadian census told of the importance of immigration for Canadian growth, cities and provinces across Canada are devising strategies to attract newcomers to their region. The mayors of Atlantic Canada are confident that the quality of life in their cities will be the key to attracting immigrants to work, live and stay in their cities and towns.

Protesters pre-empt immigration minister's speech

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:02:41 -0400

Thursday June 01, 2006 – Roughly a dozen dissenters began vociferously objecting to government policy regarding deportations as Federal Immigration Minister Monte Solberg took the stage at a downtown church in the nation’s capital yesterday.

New Project Intended to Speed-Up Temporary Work Permit Processing

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:59:54 -0400

Canadian Immigration Minister Monte Solberg announced yesterday his government's plan to facilitate the entry of foreign workers.

New law will ease the way for professional credentials recognition in Quebec

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:57:00 -0400

Foreign-trained doctors, nurses and other professionals will be offered a "fast-track" to credentials recognition in Quebec with the introduction of Bill 14.

Ottawa a Growing Sector of Employment in Technology

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:45:21 -0400

A study by CIBC's World Markets Inc. ranks Ottawa first for strongest economic momentum, attributing growth to the Technology sector and Federal Government. Experts agree that economic strength in Canadian cities is due to population and economic diversity.

Ontario website matches skilled immigrants with employers

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:40:14 -0400

Skillsinternational.ca allows prospective employers and skilled Canadian immigrants to find each other. The website is the first of its kind in Canada.

Ontario Opposition Leader Unveils Plan to Integrate Skilled Immigrants

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:35:52 -0400

In a new policy paper, Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Party leader John Tory revealed his party’s plan to assist skilled immigrants arriving in the province.

Ontario Names New Commissioner for Recognition of Foreign Credentials

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:31:15 -0400

Following from new legislation passed in late 2006, the Province of Ontario has appointed its first ever Fairness Commissioner to work with regulatory bodies for the recognition of the credentials of internationally trained professionals. The role of Fairness Commissioner is a key component of the Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act, 2006, which became law on March 1, 2007.

Ontario Launches Government Outreach Program to Help Newcomers Succeed in the Workplace

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:27:44 -0400

The McGuinty government is lending a helping hand to newcomers. Ontario's new initiative is aimed at aiding newly-landed immigrants understand theirrights and responsibilities in Canada so that they can stay safe and prosper in the workplace.

Ontario to introduce new Fair Access to Regulated Professions Act

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:11:14 -0400

The proposed bill, if passed, will break down barriers that will ensure foreign-trained professionals have a fair chance at finding work in their field of expertise in Canada.

Ontario Eases Process for Temporary Worker Permits

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 18:05:24 -0400

Following the model of programs in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, the province of Ontario has reached an agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to ease entry for foreign workers in high demand professions.

Ontario Community Website Connects Immigrants to Canada

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:46:12 -0400

In its effort to boost regional immigration, the province of Ontario is funding a community website focused on attracting Canadian immigrants to suburban London, Ontario.

Ontario Commits New Funding for Foreign-Trained Nurses

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:30:13 -0400

In recent years, the Canadian healthcare system has experienced a shortage of nurses, as many experienced professionals retire. To ensure fair treatment and to ease the burden on the healthcare system, the Government of Ontario is taking steps to help foreign-trained nurses work in Ontario.

Ontario Announces New Pilot Provincial Nominee Program

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:27:15 -0400

The Ontario government has introduced the Ontario Pilot Provincial Nominee Program(PNP) designed to help Ontario employers to attract and retain the skilled immigrants needed in the provincial labour market.

Nova Scotia Industry Leaders Call for More Immigration

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:18:13 -0400

The leaders of some of Atlantic Canada's largest industry organizations are looking to work with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to encourage more immigrants to come to their region.

Non-Profit Group Launches New Initiative to Encourage Civic Engagement among Immigrants

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:14:34 -0400

Nearly a fifth of Canada's total population was born elsewhere in the world. Many of these individuals immigrated to Canada because of the promise of living freely in a democratic, peaceful and multicultural society. Studies have shown however, that immigrants to Canada have low levels of political participation. A new program being run by The Maytree Foundation aims to change that by encouraging civic engagement among immigrants.

No change to overall Immigration numbers

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:04:41 -0400

Canada's new immigration minister says the Conservative Government does not plan to change the overall immigration target number, or restrict family reunification.

No Amnesty for Undocumented Workers

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:02:35 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will not be allowing an amnesty for undocumented workers despite calls from community groups, unions and industry associations.

New processing procedures for Gulf residents

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:55:14 -0400

Gulf residents applying for Canadian permanent residency in pre-defined categories will be processed through the Abu Dhabi Embassy, instead of the previous London (UK) Visa Office beginning on January 1, 2006.

New Passport Rule to Take Effect

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:52:51 -0400

Beginning January 23, 2007, Canadians travelling to and from the United States by air will require a passport. While the rule will apply to those who cross the border by land in the future, this regulation will not take effect until at least 2008.

New International Graduate Immigration Stream in Nova Scotia

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:50:26 -0400

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration recently introduced a new division of its Provincial Nominee Program. The International Graduate stream was launched in response to the immigration strategy consultations that the Office of Immigration has been conducting with employers around the province.

New Government Office Launched to Help Foreign Professionals get Credentials Recognized

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:48:38 -0400

The Government of Canada is acting to help immigrants work in their chosen fields in Canada. In order to overcome the delays and difficulties of getting foreign credentials recognized in Canada, a new government office will provide services to newcomers to assist in navigating the credential recognition process.

New friends in Ottawa means more help for Alberta

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:46:20 -0400

"The West has wanted in, the West is in now." PM Harper told supporters at a victory speech after his party's meager minority defeat. Harper's sentiment underlines the hope Alberta has that the Conservative Government will help the province approve a draft strategy regarding labour shortage.

Newfoundland and Labrador Government Allot Millions to Immigration

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:42:42 -0400

Only about 150 of the 250,000 immigrants who come to Canada every year choose to settle permanently in Newfoundland and Labrador. The provincial government intends to triple that number.

New Employment Resource Centre Will Help Immigrants Enter Canadian Job Market

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:40:34 -0400

In Brampton, Ontario, a fast-growing suburb of Toronto, a new centre has opened its doors to offer a broad range of services aimed to help immigrants navigate the Canadian job market. The Brampton Employment Resource Centre is an initiative funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada to provide information and services to help newcomers build bridges into employment.

New Competition Celebrates Immigration in Canadian Culture

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:38:20 -0400

As a multicultural society, Canadian culture is shaped by the contributions of immigrants. A new competition being run by Radio Canada International is celebrating this contribution by inviting young people in Canada to use their artistic skills to tell stories about immigrating to Canada.

New Canada Immigration Initiatives

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:33:22 -0400

Immigration Minister Announces Tripling of the Number of Parents and Grandparents Immigrating to Canada every yearThe measures to speed up the processing of sponsorship applications for parents and grandparents coming to Canada as family class immigrants includetripling the number of parents and grandparents who can immigrate to Canada from 6,000 to 18,000 a year in 2005 and in 2006.

Fredericton, New Brunswick, on the threshold of a business explosion

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:29:03 -0400

With a populous and impending generation of retiring workers, Fredericton focuses on regional immigration as a means to supplement their workforce and bolster their booming economy.

New Brunswick Creating Additional Immigration Incentives

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:24:41 -0400

The latest national census confirmed that, though the population of New Brunswick has not decreased over the past five years, it has not seen much growth either. Greg Byrne, the minister responsible for the population growth secretariat has underlined the importance of encouraging people to settle in New Brunswick and to stay there.

New Book Celebrates Filipino-Canadian History

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:21:26 -0400

After a half-century of immigration, Canada has the second largest community of Filipinos in the world outside of the Philippines itself. Overtime this community has grown to number 315,000, accounting for one per cent of the total Canadian population. A new book written by two Filipino-Canadians celebrates the Filipino community in Canada and its history.

New Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:18:51 -0400

A new immigration agreement has been signed today by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Diane Finley, the Alberta Minister of Employment, Immigration, and Industry, Iris Evans, and the Premier of Alberta, Ed Stelmach. The Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration is a commitment from the federal government to work collaboratively on immigration matters with the Province of Alberta. It is designed to address Alberta’s labour force needs and the needs of newcomers to the province.

MPs Speak Out for Dual Citizenship

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:17:07 -0400

Several Canadian Members of Parliament (MP) have spoken up recently in defence of dual citizenship. Their comments came in response to recent calls for the newly elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Stephane Dion.

So you want to move to Canada?

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:12:51 -0400



By Kevin Berger
Nov. 4, 2004

David Cohen, partner of Cohen-Campbell, a leading Canadian immigration law firm, had barely settled into work Wednesday morning when his phone startedringing with Americans seeking legal guidance to taking up residence in the land of the maple leaf. The Bush victory did it, they told him: America's shiftto the right had finally squeezed them out of their own country. Farewell Ten Commandment statues in public squares, hello single-payer healthcare.

More skilled workers needed to fuel Western Canada's Oil and Gas industries

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:10:41 -0400

Canada's aging population, coupled with the current economic boom, leaves key Alberta growth industries clamoring for skilled workers.

Immigration minister to outline government's vision for Canada's "outdated" immigration system

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:07:58 -0400

Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable Monte Solberg, will address a National Business Symposium on June 15th. The discussion is expected to explore solutions to Canada's massive labour shortage. The gathering will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Canadian Immigration Minister Kenney issues new instructions for Federal Skilled Worker applications

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:02:23 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney has announced the Canadian Government’s plan for immigration in 2009. He stated that between 240,000 and 265,000 new permanent residents will be welcomed to Canada in 2009; up to 156,000 of them in the economic category.

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says "Best and Brightest are Headed to Canada"

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 23:00:01 -0400

While appearing before a committee of the United States Senate, Microsoft founder and Chairman Bill Gates noted that Canada is attracting the best and brightest immigrants to its borders. Gates suggested that his home country had much to learn from its Northern neighbour in terms of immigration policy.

President Vincente Fox is pitching his solution to Canada's massive labor shortages

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:57:55 -0400

Fox proposes that Mexican workers be able to work in Canada temporarily, a solution that borrows its concept from Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program.

Mexico is Canada's biggest source of refugees

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:55:52 -0400

Mexico, which is part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has risen to the top of Canada's refugee claimant list.

Canadian Company Concerned that Foreign Workers Paid for Jobs

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:51:14 -0400

Maple Leaf Foods has abandoned its program at its Brandon, Manitoba plant to bring in workers from China, after it was revealed that 61 workers had paid fees of $10,000 to the immigration consultant hired by the company. The actions were not illegal, however the company was concerned about the debt burden faced by the employees.

Without this input from abroad, Manitoba would have lost population

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:48:30 -0400

According to Statistics Canada (Statscan), Alberta's population increased by five times the national average in the fourth quarter of 2005. The Prairie province has not seen growth of this magnitude since it struck oil in the late 1970s.

Manitoba - Skilled Worker Recruitment Initiative in Europe

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:45:03 -0400

The Manitoba government is being proactive in its search for foreign skilled workers who are qualified to alleviate labour shortages in the province.

Liberals demand Conservatives Provide Funding for Immigration Plan for Francophone Communities

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:38:32 -0400

Liberal Citizenship and Immigration Critic Raymonde Folco today called on the Conservative government to deliver the funding required to foster greater immigration for minority Francophone communities.

Liberal Party Names new Critic for Citizenship and Immigration in Shadow Cabinet

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:28:19 -0400

As recently elected Liberal Party of Canada leader the Honourable Stephane Dion named his first shadow cabinet, a new face will be addressing issues of Citizenship and Immigration. The announcement also features some prominent roles for former Ministers of Citizenship and Immigration.

Layton Joins Indo-Canadians in Calling for Apology for Komagata Maru Incident

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:21:37 -0400

Federal NDP leader Jack Layton called on the government to issue a formal apology in the House of Commons for a case of racism against immigrants from India 93 years ago. In 1914 the Komagata Maru was marooned in Vancouver's harbour for three months with nearly 400 passengers on board, and eventually sent back to Asia.

Canada experiencing one of the most serious labour shortages in the industrial world

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:16:36 -0400

Canada's labour crunch has it facing one of the most serious shortages of skilled workers in the industrial world. A recent Manpower inc. poll of Canadian small and enterprise-level business highlights the growing trend.

Iraqi Refugee Claims Reaching High Levels of Success in Canada

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 22:00:33 -0400

Refugees arriving in Canada from Iraq since 2003 have found a relatively high rate of approval for their claims. The UN High Commission for Refugees has commended Canada’s response to the Iraqi refugee crisis.

International Survey Ranks Canadian Cities Tops for Healthy Living and Quality of Life

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:57:53 -0400

In an international study conducted by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, the city of Calgary has ranked at the top of its Health and Sanitation index. Canadian cities also ranked very high for indicators of quality of life.

International students studying in Canada can now apply for off-campus work permits

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:53:19 -0400

The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, has announced that effective April 27, 2006, foreign students enrolled in public post-secondary institutions can apply for off-campus work permits. The work permit is valid for the duration of their study permit.

Improved Immigration Policy a Primary Platform in the Liberal Leadership Race

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:48:50 -0400

Maurizio Bevilacqua distinguishes himself in the Liberal Leadership race with a platform based on a radical overhaul of the Canadian Immigration Policy.

Canada’s Immigration Minister visits Europe, highlighting Canada’s commitment to fight anti-Semitism

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:35:45 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada Minister Jason Kenney returned from an official visit to Europe on Thursday, during which he announced Canada’s full membership in the Task Force for International Cooperation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (ITF).

CIC Update on the Middle East: Immigration and Evacuation from Lebanon

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:29:49 -0400

CIC continues to process immigration applications to Canada while Government prepares evacuation of Canadian citizens.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Fast-Tracked to British Colombia

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:24:58 -0400

The Minister of Citizenship & Immigration and the Economic Development Department of British Colombia made the announcement on August 22, 2006 that a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed, which would help Immigrant entrepreneurs expedite the process in establishing themselves in British Colombia.

Canada's underground immigrant economy costing million

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:22:41 -0400

The Ontario Construction Secretariat estimates that the province alone loses over 1.5 billion dollars in unpaid taxes and premiums annually to the underground immigrant economy. Amid deportation hearings, officials in Canada are wondering what to do with all these illegal workers.

Ignatieff Calls for Streamlined Immigration Program

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:19:23 -0400

Liberal leadership candidate Michael Ignatieff said on Friday in Vancouver that Canada needs to expand the family-class portion of its immigration system, which allows Canadians to sponsor family members who want to become permanent residents of Canada. He also said that the Canadian immigration system needs to be "streamlined" which would include a processing system based in Canada.

Happy Labor Day Wishes

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:13:53 -0400

Today, September 4, 2006, is a holiday across the entire Canada/USA region, known as "Labor Day".

Guaranteed Working Income Being Considered In British Columbia (B.C)

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:11:44 -0400

A guaranteed working income of $25,000 for every Canadian would ensure a more comfortable life for those struggling to make a living in Whistler, British Columbia says Blair Wilson, the Member of Parliament for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country.

Government to Raise Immigration Target for 2007

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:07:22 -0400

In its annual report to the House of Commons, Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced Tuesday that the target for permanent residents will increase by 15,000 in the upcoming year.

New government agency will recognize foreign credentials to "cut through the red tape"

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:01:05 -0400

In his first public address as Immigration Minister, Monte Solberg announced that a federal agency will be developed to respond to the needs of Canada's skilled immigrants. He also re-iterated his government's plan to reduce the immigrant landing fee by half.

From London Bobby to Calgary Police Officer

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:56:54 -0400

The Calgary police force journeys "across the pond" to the United Kingdom (UK) in search of officers.

Foreign Workers Program Not Meeting The Needs of Canadian Businesses

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:54:22 -0400

A new report by the Canadian Bar Association claims that a federal program aimed at bringing low-skilled foreign workers into Canada is not meeting the needs of employers in dire need of staff. The challenge regarding the program is that it only allows workers to stay in Canada a maximum of 12 months.

Foreign credentials recognized in a Conservative Canada

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:51:32 -0400

Monday January 23, 2006 - The votes are in and Canadians have chosen a new Prime-Minister in Stephen Harper, and a new direction for Canada.

Forced To Leave Canada Today

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:46:53 -0400

Immigration Officials won't bend rules to permit live-in caregiver to stay in Canada

First Head Tax Restitution Payments Arrive for Chinese-Canadians

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:44:34 -0400

The Federal Government has begun to make its payments to members of the Chinese community who were forced to pay a head tax when immigrating to Canada between 1885 and 1923.

New fairness commissioner would make regulatory bodies accountable for how they treat immigrants

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:19:39 -0400

New legislation would have Ontario's 34 regulated professions face scrutiny by a new 'fairness commissioner', ensuring their admission procedures are clear, open and fair to all.

Exploitation Of Filipino Nurses

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 20:06:56 -0400

The Vancouver based Filipino Nurses Support Group (FNSG) has alleged that Filipino nurses who come to Canada are being taken advantage of.

Employers in Saskatoon Better Equipped to Hire Immigrants

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:58:28 -0400

An immigration office will be opening in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on June 15, 2007 as part of the provincial government’s plan to develop, attract, and retain its workforce. The immigration office will provide support for Saskatoon employers interested in hiring immigrants. Additionally, it will provide assistance and information to providers of integration services for newcomers.

Edmonton wants federal government to streamline immigration

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:28:51 -0400

A survey by Manpower Inc. found that Edmonton's net employment is anticipated to grow by 48 per cent, compared to thenational net employmentoutlook of 29 per cent.

Economic Integration of Immigrants: Better in Small Canadian Areas

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:26:20 -0400

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, immigrants who settle in smaller Canadian cities and rural areas are better off financially than those who head to larger urban areas. The Perspectives on Labour and Income study finds that the earnings gap between newcomers and Canadians is significantly less in smaller towns than in big cities. Furthermore, that gap narrows much more quickly in small towns.

Doubts exist over CSIC's competence

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:18:15 -0400

With the resignation of four board members in less than four months, The Canadian Bar Association (CBA) expressing concern, and an independent auditor describing its expenses as "unusually high", the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) is raising considerable doubt over its ability to self-govern.

Dion Stresses Importance of Immigration for Canadian Economy

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:14:35 -0400

Speaking with members of the Chinese community in Markham, just outside of Toronto, newly elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Stephane Dion discussed his plans to keep Canada competitive in the global economy. Mr. Dion highlighted immigration as a crucial element, helping to address Canada's labour shortage.

Development of the IT Industry in Nova Scotia Means More IT Work in Canada

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:10:41 -0400

There will be an increasing number of Canadian jobs in the Information Technology sector as the province of Nova Scotia embarks on a campaign to grow anddevelop the province’s IT industry.

Cricket in Canada - Immigration Fueling the Game

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 19:05:47 -0400

Canadian immigrants who originate from the Indian subcontinent are helping to make cricket a popular sport in Canada. Mike Colle, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in Ontario, is presently in St. Lucia to encourage the Canadian team at the cricket World Cup.

Canada's new Conservative Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Announced Today

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:52:05 -0400

Monte Solberg, a western MP stemming from Calgary, Alberta, has been appointed Canada's new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Solberg was the finance critic from 2003 to 2005 and has been a long-serving member in the House of Commons.

Commission to Explore How to Improve the Immigrant Settlement Process in Quebec

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:44:30 -0400

The Consultation Commission on Accommodation Practices Related to Cultural Differences will be holding public hearings and town hall meetings in 17Quebeccommunities this fall. Having done five months of research and focus groups, the Commission's public hearings will give immigrants, French-speakingQuebecers and English-speaking Quebecers a chance to come together and discuss perceptions about immigration in Quebec.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada to Increase Settlement Funding

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:41:12 -0400

In response to the demand for skilled immigrant workers in the Canadian economy, the Canadian government will be increasing funding for immigrant settlement programs by $307 million over the next 2 years.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Spruces Up Website for Improved User Experience

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:24:12 -0400

In order to better serve its visitors, the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website (www.cic.gc.ca) has been reorganized to facilitate navigation and to improve user experience.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Moves to Ease Temporary Worker Permit

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:21:06 -0400

As businesses in Western Canada continue to experience shortages of labour, the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, announced changes to make it easier for companies to hire foreign workers.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Extends Length of Certain Temporary Foreign Worker Permits

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:18:35 -0400

In a move aimed to capitalize on the contributions being made by foreign workers to the booming Canadian economy, the Canadian Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration along with of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) have announced that they will be extending the length of certain Temporary Foreign Worker permits.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Committed to Recognizing Foreign Credentials

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:16:00 -0400

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced yesterday that she will be working closely with the HonourableMonte Solberg and Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to create an office for the Canadian recognition of foreign work credentials.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Changes Visa Requirement for Estonian Citizens

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:12:50 -0400

As announced on September 28, 2006 by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Monte Solberg, after an analysis done by Canada, Estonian citizens no longer require a temporary resident visa to visit Canada. He said this was due to the fact that Canada has the largest community of Estonians outside of Estonia.

CIC Celebrates Chinese New Year with Funding for Ottawa's Chinese Community

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:09:58 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Minister Diane Finely rang in the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Ottawa Chinese Community Service Centre, where sheannounced new funding for the centre.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada Accepts Humanitarian and Compassionate Claim

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:04:58 -0400

After three years living in a Vancouver church, Amir Kazemian is free to stay in Canada, as his application has been approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. The welcome news reached Mr. Kazemian in the nick of time, as he was in police custody awaiting deportation.

CIMC Minister to visit India to review and discuss Canadian immigration

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:02:31 -0400

Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney will be heading to New Delhi, Amritsar, Chandigarh, and Mumbai fromJanuary 11 to 18. He will be reviewing Canadian immigration operations in India and meeting with his India counterparts to discuss recent changes in Canadian immigration policy and to work on further strengthening relations between the two countries.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Monte Solberg to make first public address

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:00:18 -0400

In Solberg's first public address as Minister, he is expected to speak on issues which "affect the successful integration of immigrants into the Canadian society". The meeting will focus on various topics including how Canada can better address foreign skill and credential recognition.

Canadians Tops in Tolerance, According to Survey

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:54:40 -0400

Canada has plenty to be proud of this week thanks to a study showing the successes of multiculturalism in the country. In a survey of 23 countries in the Western world, Canadians showed themselves to be among the most tolerant across the board in the categories measured.

Canadians Receive High Marks in International Survey on Quality of Life

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:52:10 -0400

There is cause for celebration in Canada today, as a survey of 16 countries shows Canadians to be leading the back in health, happiness and quality of life. According to the survey, this news should be quite well received, as over 90 percent of working Canadians described themselves as happy, with the figure jumping to 95 percent for retirees.

Government plans to make it easier for Canadian parents to adopt foreign-born children

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:49:52 -0400

Monday, May 15, 2006 - the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, introduced a new bill in the House of Commons to reform the Citizenship Act. The plan is intended to streamline the foreign adoption process by amending bureaucratic hurdles that lengthen the time it takes to unite Canadian parents with their foreign-adopted children.

Canadian Immigration Destination: Saskatchewan

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:36:27 -0400

Both rural and urban communities in the province of Saskatchewan saw significant increases in immigration in the past year. The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) attracted over one thousand nominations in 2006, the largest number to date, which added to the 26 per cent rise in the annual number of immigrants landing in the province. With 2,658 landed immigrants in 2006, the government of Saskatchewan is continuing to implement its “bold strategy to attract 5,000 newcomers annually by 2008.”

Canadian Immigration Critical for Population Growth

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:34:06 -0400

Statistics Canada’s most recent census, which covers the period from 2001-2006, indicates that immigrants to Canada are responsible for two thirds of the country’s population growth. With the total Canadian population swelling to 31.6 million, the Canada-born populace increase of 400,000 was well outdone by the additional 1.2 million immigrants over the five-year span of the census.

Landmark Express Entry Draw: Lowest CRS Points Requirement Ever

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:34:00 -0400

The thirteenth draw for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry selection system was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on July 17, 2015. A total of 1,581 invitations to apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 451 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Canadian immigration application submission process revised - Federal Skilled Worker

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:23:38 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has issued ministerial instructions that change the way Federal Skilled Worker applications are submitted tothe Canadian immigration visa office.

Quebec study finds that seven out of 10 immigrants secure work in their chosen profession

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:20:36 -0400

A study commissioned by Quebec's immigration minister contends that the idea of a foreign-trained immigrant driving a taxi cab to make ends-meat is an overstated pretense.

Canadian Government Launches Program to Improve Skilled Immigrant Workplace Integration

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:16:51 -0400

On February 28, the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (ESDC), announced a new Canadian immigration initiative to increase the involvement of Canadian immigrants in the workplace.

Canadian Economy off to Hot Start in 2007

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:07:46 -0400

While an unseasonable cold burst means that the arrival of spring has not yet brought much improvement in the weather, the spirit of growth and renewal of the season may be seen in the Canadian economy. In the month of March, job growth in Canada exceeded expectations by 500 percent, capping off a record first quarter.

Canadian Citizenship Week 2006

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:05:41 -0400

The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Honourable Monte Solberg, launched Canada's Citizenship Week 2006. He marked the occasion by taking part in a special citizenship ceremony swearing in 35 new Canadians.

Canada Welcomes New Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:53:11 -0400

As Prime Minister Stephen Harper shuffles his cabinet, it has been announced that the Honourable Diane Finley will become the new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. The Honourable Monte Solberg will be moving on to become Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

Canada Opening its Doors to Resettle 5,000 Bhutanese Refugees

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:46:38 -0400

As a wealthy and democratic country that has been built on immigration, Canada has a long-standing tradition of opening its borders to individuals seeking asylum from persecution or unsafe conditions. In the spirit of this tradition, Canada will be opening its doors to over 5,000 refugees from Bhutan who have been living in refugee camps in Nepal for over a decade.

Canada to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages Performed Abroad for Immigration Purposes

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:44:23 -0400

In an announcement earlier this week, Citizenship and Immigration Canada has stated that Canada will now recognize same-sex marriages performed abroad for all immigration purposes. While Same-sex marriage is legal in Canada, until now the Canadian government had only recognized those unions performed in Canada.

Canada to Fast-Track Immigration of Foreign Clergy

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:42:25 -0400

In response to the demands of faith communities across the country, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is examining ways to make it easier for religious leaders to obtain landed immigrant status. Many of these clergy arrive to serve communities on temporary resident visas but are unable to meet the requirements for permanent residents.

Canada to Accept An Additional 2000 Karen Refugees

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:40:26 -0400

Canada will be opening its doors to 2,000 refugees of the Karen ethnic group, in a move announced by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Canada first accepted a group of 810 Karen in 2006 for resettlement.

Canada's Technology Sector Calls for More Immigration

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:35:56 -0400

At a conference of Information Technology industry leaders, skilled workers, and educational institutions, a consensus was made clear: Canada’s IT needs more immigration to meet labour demands.

Canada Takes Lead in Resettling Rohingya Refugees

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:33:57 -0400

For a group of people living in refugee camps in Southern Bangladesh, the late arrival of the Canadian spring will mean a true fresh start in the spirit of the season. Canada is taking the initiative of opening its doors to a first group of Rohingya refugees living in UN camps in the southern tip of Bangladesh.

Canada's future directly linked to how well the federal immigration file is managed

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:30:04 -0400

Canada's labour crunch has it facing one of the most seriousshortages of skilled workers in the industrial world. It's no secret that the Canadian government is working especially hard to attract an immigrant workforce to supplement its aging homegrown labour pool, precariously low birth rate, and booming economy. In fact, Canada welcomes more immigrants per capita than any other immigrant-receiving nation.

Canada Sets its Eyes on Surplus of British Doctors

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:25:24 -0400

With England expecting a surplus of talent in the medical profession in the coming years, Canada is eager to attract doctors to fill shortages being faced throughout the country.

Statistics Canada reports unemployment rate hits 32-year low

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:22:48 -0400

The unemployment rate fell to 6.3 percent in March, the lowest it's been in decades. The number of jobs in Canada has increased by a whopping 330,000 (2.1 percent) during the last year, an amazing growth by anyone's measure.

Canada Must Fight To Attract Global Talent

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:20:13 -0400

Gordon Nixon, the president and chief executive of The Royal Bank of Canada says that Alberta and the rest of Canada need to increase the number of immigrants coming into the country and take advantage of the skills they bring with them.

Canada May Reconsider Dual Citizenship

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:17:25 -0400

After 30 years the rules currently in place that allow individuals who live outside of Canada to hold dual Canadian citizenship are about to be revisited by the Canadian government. This is to be done after the government began calculating the cost of the recent mass evacuation of civilians in Lebanon who held Canadian citizenship during the recent conflict between Hezbollah and Israel.

Canadian Government to Attract More Skilled Workers

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 23:05:21 -0400

THE TORONTO STAR

Feb. 19, 2003

OTTAWA -- The government will spend $41.4 million over the next two years to attract more skilled workers and foreign students to Canada and to helpworkers find jobs once they get here.

Canada's Construction Industry Calls for Greater Immigration

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:21:56 -0400

The construction industry in Canada is hungry for more workers, and they are happy to hire new immigrants, according to a recent survey. With potential growth being held back by labour shortages, industry leaders are calling on the government to increase immigration and to improve recruiting strategies to bring individuals with much-needed construction skills to Canada.

Canada celebrates evolving cultural mosaic on Canada Day

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:19:11 -0400

Today marks the 142nd anniversary of the official establishment of Canada, the day the British North American provinces were united in the federation ofCanada . Commonly known as Canada Day, July 1st is celebrated across Canada through various events.

Canada Celebrates 60 Years of Citizenship

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:16:20 -0400

Today, the Honorable Diane Finley, Minister Citizenship and Immigration Canada held a commemorative citizenship ceremony to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Canadian citizenship at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Canada Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:12:45 -0400

This week Canada marks the 25th anniversary of a defining moment in its history. It was at this time in 1982 that the Canadian constitution was repatriated and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into effect.

Canada's Atlantic Provinces Discussing Immigration

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:08:53 -0400

Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Monte Solberg, met this week with the country's four Atlantic Provinces to explore new ways of working together in a bid to increase the number of Newcomers that settle east of Ontario.

Canada - A Good Influence on the World

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:06:07 -0400

A recent poll ranks Canada as the country with the most positive influence in the world. 28,000 people in 27 countries were asked to rate 12 countries as either having a positive or negative worldwide influence. Canada’s overall influence rating topped the list with 54 per cent of respondents rating it mostly positive and only 14 per cent mostly negative. Japan came in at a close second with an identical positive rating but a higher negative rating.

British Politician Hails Canada as a Model for Multiculturalism

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 22:02:24 -0400

In a speech delivered at the University of Oxford last week, the British House of Commons leader Jack Straw pointed to Canada as a model for multiculturalism and civic cohesion. Straw suggested that the United Kingdom could learn a great deal from the Canadian experience.

British Columbia Tourism Seeking Workers from the Philippines

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:51:43 -0400

The British Columbia and Yukon Hotel Association (BCYHA) is actively recruiting Filipino workers through Canadian recruitment agencies. Of its 580 member organizations, 79 per cent will be hiring this year. Given that many BCYHA members have spent thousands of dollars this year on unsuccessful attempts at hiring Canadians, the bulk of their new employees will likely be foreign workers.

British Columbia Human-Rights Tribunal to Weigh in on Mall Dispute

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:28:15 -0400

Former tenants are bringing complaints of racial discrimination against H-Mart, a large Korean grocery store chain, in connection with a mall in Langley, B.C., a suburb of Vancouver. Three small business owners are alleging that H-mart, who recently purchased the West Willow mall, refused to renew their leases because they were not Korean.

British Columbia construction industry fast-tracks skilled trades workers from Europe

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:21:28 -0400

European employees are hired in association with the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which effectively speeds up an immigrant's work permit and landed immigrant application processing.

Almost anyone born in Canada is a Canadian citizen - Even those born in Canadian airspace!

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:16:56 -0400

On New Year's Eve, a baby was born on an international flight as the plane flew over Canada. When the Ugandan mother and her baby landed in Boston, American officials deemed the baby a Canadian citizen to speed their passage through customs.

'Welcome BC' Initiative Allocates $43 million to Immigrant Settlement and Multiculturalism Services

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:11:42 -0400

Forty-three million dollars over two years has been earmarked by the British Columbia (BC) provincial government to help immigrants find work in their fields and better integrate into their new communities. From improved English language training programs to employment, education, health and recreation services, ‘Welcome BC’ aims to ensure that the province remains an attractive destination for new immigrants.

Auditor General requests review of Passport, Citizenship and Immigration service fees

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:07:18 -0400

According to Canada's auditor general, Sheila Fraser, Canada's Foreign Affairs department is collecting more than it should from Canadian passport applicants. She announced that the $25 consular service fee (which is lumped into the $85 cost of an adult passport) is more than the department should be charging, given the services that passport holder receives in return.

Atlantic Provinces working together to build regional immigration strategy

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:03:12 -0400

Along with the federal government, the provincial governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador have agreed to work together through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to promote immigration to the region.

Atlantic Provinces contemplating a regional immigration policy

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:58:30 -0400

Atlantic Canada’s (Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador) share of immigration in 2007 was 2.4 per cent, the highest it has been since 1980. Although immigrant attraction and retention rates have improved over the past few decades, the numbers are still low, considering that the region constitutes 7.1 per cent of Canada’s total population.

PM Offers Apology for Chinese Head Tax, Promises Funding Towards Cultural Community Programs

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:54:53 -0400

PM apologizes for the Chinese head tax of the 19th and early 20th centuries, offering compensation packages of $20,000 to surviving payers of the tax and commits $35 million to cultural education programs in a recent speech.

Amendments to Canadian Citizenship Act for people born outside of Canada

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:51:42 -0400

All individuals born in Canada are granted citizenship, as are people born abroad who undertake the Canadian citizenship process and are approved.

Alberta recruiting in India to fill provincial labour shortages

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:48:56 -0400

Last month, a team of Alberta government and industry leaders went to India on a trade mission. Though the focus of the GO-India mission was meant to be trade and investment, it served just as much as a recruitment fair for labour-strapped Canadian employers.

Alberta has a new plan to help immigrants enter the workforce more quickly

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:41:52 -0400

A Foreign Qualifications Recognition Plan for Alberta, recently released by the provincial government, will improve the process of recognizing internationally-obtained qualifications, training, and experience so that newcomers to Alberta can get to work faster.

Alberta Looking for Unskilled Workers

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:35:59 -0400

As Alberta's service and retail sectors are heating to a boil; the province is left scrambling to find unskilled labour.

Alberta's Labour Market Ranked No. 1 in North America

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:31:00 -0400

A recent Fraser Institute survey named the province ofAlbertaas having North America's best-performing labour market over the past five years, beating out 50 American states and all other Canadian provinces andterritories.

Alberta is Canada's Leading Job Engine

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:28:39 -0400

Alberta's unemployment rate fell again last month as the province created 13,600 jobs in July. Alberta's 3.3 percent unemployment rate was the lowest in the country for the 13th straight month, according to Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) expands to family sponsorship

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:25:30 -0400

The provincial government recently announced that Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents living in Alberta can now sponsor their close relatives under a new section of theAlberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) for fast-tracked Permanent Residency.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) cuts red tape for H1B category

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:23:42 -0400

The Strategic Recruitment Stream of the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) fast-tracks the permanent residency applications of migrants who have been working for at least one year in the United States on an H1B visa* in an occupation that is in high demand in Alberta. No Canadian job offer is required for this category.

Alberta Government Taking on Labour Shortages with Immigration

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:20:03 -0400

Early next week, the Alberta government is expected to sign a special immigration deal with the federal government. As Canada’s fastest growing province, Alberta regards immigration as an important solution to its chronic labour shortages. With a job market growth rate outpacing all other provinces, Alberta currently has more jobs than they do people to fill them.

Alberta and British Columbia seeking Filipino skilled workers

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:16:58 -0400

The Canadian province of Alberta has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippines’ Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) regarding human resource development to promote the many employment opportunities in Alberta.

Alberta announces changes to its popular H1B fast-track immigration category

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:11:19 -0400

As of today, the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) has removed certain occupations from its list of qualifying occupations for the popular U.S. Visa Holder category. Eight Information Technology (IT) occupations are no longer listed as "occupations under pressure" in Alberta. Applicants with work experience in these occupations are no longer qualified for the program.

Afghan-Canadian Community Centre provides online education to Afghan women

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:09:18 -0400

The Afghan-Canadian Community Centre is the only school in the Kandahar area offering vocational training to women.

Additional Funding to Strengthen the Canadian Immigration System

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:06:30 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) supplementary budget estimates have been approved in principle, and are expected to provide an extra 168.5 million to bolster CIC programs and services.

A Day for All Canadians to Celebrate Canada

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 19:03:00 -0400

July 1st, 2007 will mark the 140th anniversary of the confederation ofCanada , whereby the existing British North American provinces were united in the federation of Canada. Now commonly known as Canada Day, Canadians have been celebrating the official establishment of the country on July 1st since 1867.

A Christmas Gift: Salvadorian Family Can Stay in Canada

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:56:22 -0400

Receiving the gift of a lifetime this holiday season, a family in the small town of Oliver in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley facing a deportation order received a phone call from the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, that they will be allowed to stay in Canada.

L'accroissement de l'immigration au Quebec

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:54:11 -0400

Suivant la conclusion de la consultation publique sur la planification de l'immigration pour la période 2008-2010, la ministre de l'Immigration et des Communautés culturelles propose une croissance moyenne de l'immigration annuelle.

Academic scholarships awarded to Canadian immigrant youth

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:39:00 -0400

Twelve Canadian immigrant students were recently honoured as the recipients of the second annual RBC Royal Bank Scholarship for New Canadians program. These students were selected from over a thousand applicants based on their academic achievement and their application essays. In these essays, the applicants give their take on how immigration has shaped Canada, and outline their personal experiences and advice to others who are going through the same process.

2010 Olympics in Canada Spurring Need for Construction and Tourism Workers

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:34:19 -0400

The next winter Olympics will be hosted by Vancouver and Whistler inBritish Columbia. In preparing to welcome the world to this event, there is a high demand for skilled and semi-skilled workers in the construction and hospitality industries.

2,000 Iraqi Refugees to be Welcomed to Canada in 2008

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:23:01 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Minister Diane Finley recently announced that Canada will be doubling the number of Iraqi refugees it accepts for this year. The target is between 1,800 and 2,000, which is up from 900 in 2007. Most refugees will be resettled from Syria and Jordan, where many Iraqis have fled.

140th Canada Day A Multicultural Celebration

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 18:20:19 -0400

This weekend's Canada Day was a time for Canadians to celebrate the country's ethno-cultural heritage. In the Montreal (Quebec ) parade, there were proud contingents of dozens of cultural and ethnic community groups. The Filipino Association of Montreal, the Polish Canadian

Twelfth Express Entry Draw: CRS Points Required Continues To Decrease

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:44:33 -0400

The twelfth draw from the Express Entry pool was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on June 26, 2015. A total of 1,516 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 463 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

British Columbia Introduces Online Registration System For Entrepreneur Stream

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:33:00 -0400

The province of British Columbia has introduced a mandatory online registration system for all prospective applicants to the Entrepreneur Immigration stream of the BC Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP). A maximum of 200 registrations may be accepted per month, and the BC PNP will periodically invite the highest-scoring registrants to submit applications.

Eleventh Express Entry Draw: Number Of Invitations To Apply Increases, CRS Points Required Decreases

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:28:05 -0400

The eleventh draw from the Express Entry pool was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on June 26, 2015. A total of 1,575 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 469 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Eleventh Express Entry Draw: Number Of Invitations To Apply Increases, CRS Points Required Decreases

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:28:05 -0400

The eleventh draw from the Express Entry pool was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on June 26, 2015. A total of 1,575 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 469 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Saskatchewan Rolls Out Online System For Express Entry Category For Canadian Immigration

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:15:53 -0400

The province of Saskatchewan, located in the Canadian Prairies, has revealed a newonline application system for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) Express Entry category. This Canadian immigration stream was recently covered in-depth by CICnews.com

Tenth Express Entry Draw: CIC Selects Candidates Without Job Offers Or Provincial Nomination

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:12:00 -0400

The tenth draw from the Express Entry pool was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on June 12, 2015. A total of 1,501 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 482 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Tenth Express Entry Draw: CIC Selects Candidates Without Job Offers Or Provincial Nomination

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:12:00 -0400

The tenth draw from the Express Entry pool was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) on June 12, 2015. A total of 1,501 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 482 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Canada Makes Amendments To Spousal, Common-Law, and Conjugal Partner Sponsorship Regulations

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:06:12 -0400

As of June 10, 2015, a number of new regulations have come into force regarding spousal, common-law, and conjugal partner sponsorship for Canadian immigration.

Saskatchewan Opens Express Entry Category For Canadian Immigration

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:38:55 -0400

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has opened its Express Entry category for Canadian immigration under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Saskatchewan Opens Express Entry Category For Canadian Immigration

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:38:55 -0400

The Canadian province of Saskatchewan has opened its Express Entry category for Canadian immigration under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Changes To Canada’s Citizenship Act To Come Into Force This Week

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:25:53 -0400

Long-awaited changes to Canada’s citizenship laws will come into effect this week, with the final reforms to the Citizenship Act in place as of Thursday, June 11. The reforms result from a package of measures passed by the Canadian Parliament last year.

Ontario Launches French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, Aligned With Express Entry

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:12:08 -0400

The province of Ontario has announced details of a new French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream under its Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP) for Canadian immigration.

Ontario Launches French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream, Aligned With Express Entry

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:12:08 -0400

The province of Ontario has announced details of a new French-Speaking Skilled Worker Stream under its Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (OOPNP) for Canadian immigration.

Ontario Announces Details Of Human Capital Priorities Stream, Aligned With Express Entry

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:02:03 -0400

The province of Ontario has announced details of a new Canadian immigration stream called "Opportunities Ontario: Human Capital Priorities Stream" , aligned the federal Express Entry immigration selection system.

Ontario Announces Details Of Human Capital Priorities Stream, Aligned With Express Entry

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 16:02:03 -0400

The province of Ontario has announced details of a new Canadian immigration stream called "Opportunities Ontario: Human Capital Priorities Stream" , aligned the federal Express Entry immigration selection system.

CIC Makes Technical Amendment To CRS, Candidates With Canadian Work Experience May Benefit

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:58:20 -0400

Many candidates in the Express Entry pool have noticed a boost in their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score this week.

Candidates with 755 or more CRS points selected in ninth Express Entry draw for Canadian Immigration

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:54:00 -0400

The ninth draw from the Express Entry pool was performed by Citizenship andImmigration Canada (CIC) on May 22, 2015. A total of 1,361 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates with 755 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

Canadian Government Discusses Economic Immigration With Provincial Counterparts

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:51:37 -0400

Federal, provincial and territorial immigration ministers met in Toronto today to discuss the benefits of economic immigration to Canada.

Immigrant Investor Capital Class Set To Reopen

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:49:11 -0400

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept permanent resident applications received under the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Class starting on May 25, 2015.

Parent And Grandparent Super Visa Hits Major Milestone

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:46:21 -0400

Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, has announced that the 50,000thParent and Grandparent Super Visa has recently been issued, a major milestone for the popular program.

Three year Canada work permits now available to international students

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:50:00 -0400

Making it easier for international students in Canada to obtain work permits upon graduation is a welcomed development, says Canadian immigration attorney David Cohen. Not only will it help Canada’s international student retention rate and ease current skills shortages, but it will also create a pool of qualified Canadian Permanent Residency applicants – applicants with Canadian education and work experience who have already integrated into Canadian society.

Canada Immigration Key to Sustaining the Canadian Population

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:48:00 -0400

With a dwindling national birthrate and baby boomers nearing the end of their lifespans towards 2030, Canada will soon be completely dependent on immigration to maintain population and economic growth. According to a Statistics Canada national census, immigration is currently responsible for two thirds of Canada's 5.4 percent growth.

Ontario's Pilot Provincial Nominee Program to Strengthen the Economy through Immigration

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:45:00 -0400

Ontario has now joined every other provincial government in offering a provincial immigration program, designed to fast-track the issuance of Canadian Permanent Resident Visas for foreign workers with skills in demand.

New immigration category for temporary residents currently working in Canada

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:38:00 -0400

They have Canadian work experience, they’ve settled into Canadian society, they are contributing to our economy; international graduates and temporary foreign workers are ideal candidates for immigration to Canada, says Canadian immigration Attorney David Cohen. Now, with their own category of immigration (the Canadian Experience Class) their Canadian education and/or work experience will give them an edge in their bid to become permanent residents and Canadian citizens.

New Immigration Agreement Between Canada and Alberta

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:30:00 -0400

The Agreement for Canada-Alberta Cooperation on Immigration provides Alberta with greater control over immigration to the province, facilitating the selection and retention of newcomers to fill gaps in the labour market.

Federal Government Reorganization from a Canadian Immigration Standpoint

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:22:00 -0400

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent cabinet shuffle seeks to encourage the interaction between immigration and human resources.

Expansion of Ontario PNP is Great News for Canadian Immigration Applicants

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:16:00 -0400

As one of the most popular immigration provinces, it's about time that Ontario spruce up its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), says Attorney David Cohen of the Campbell Cohen Canadian Immigration Law Firm. The Ontario Government has recently upgraded its Pilot PNP to the full-fledged Opportunities Ontario Provincial Nominee Program, giving it greater versatility as well as the ability to welcome more immigrants to Ontario.

Canada Announces Expansion to China Transit Program

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:12:52 -0400

The government of Canada has announced that an expansion will be made to the China Transit Program (CTP), which allows eligible Chinese citizens to transit through Canada without a visa when they are travelling to and from the United States.

Nova Scotia Looking To Convert Skilled Workers Into Permanent Residents Through New Immigration Stream

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:07:51 -0400

The province of Nova Scotia has this week announced details of a new immigration stream for Canadian Immigration under its Nova Scotia Nominee Program.

Early Express Entry Data Shows Nearly Half Of Top Candidates Were Already In Canada

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:06:14 -0400

Internal data from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), covering the first three weeks of January, 2015, shows that 45 percent of the top 775 candidates in the Express Entry pool were already residing in Canada. The report was obtained through an Access to Information request.

Emerging Social Networking Site Facilitates Canadian Immigration and Settlement

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:05:00 -0400

LoonLounge's rapid member increase unveils burgeoning social movement - Although LoonLounge is only now being officially launched, the Canadian immigration online community has already made an impact. Nearly 15,000 members from 191 countries have registered, indicative of a social movement over the net. And it is not just immigrants benefiting from this social networking tool, established Canadians and recently-landed immigrants also find the site beneficial.

Canada Lifts Visa Ban For Ebola-Free Liberia

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:01:30 -0400

After 42 days with no new cases of Ebola in Liberia, the West African country has been declared Ebola-free, leading Canada to lift a visa ban that was introduced in late October, 2014. This ban halted the processing of visa requests from those in countries experiencing widespread Ebola infections, including Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Canadian Experience Class now open for Canadian immigration applicants

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 23:01:00 -0400

As of September 17, 2008, Citizenship and Immigration Canada is accepting applications for the newest category of Canadian immigration, the Canadian Experience Class. This fast-track option for temporary foreign workers and international graduates is a good news story in the Canadian immigration arena, says Canadian immigration lawyer David Cohen. These temporary residents can now more easily transition to Permanent Residents and, eventually Canadian citizens.

Changes to Canada Immigration Rules Announced

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:49:13 -0400

On November 29, 2008, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Canada (CIMC) Minister Jason Kenney announced changes to the way Federal Skilled Worker applications will be processed.

The changes are in immediate effect and retroactively apply to all Federal Skilled Worker applications submitted on or after February 27, 2008.

Leading Canada Immigration Law Firm Announces Revamp of CanadaVisa.com

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:42:00 -0400

New CanadaVisa.com caters to speeding up the Canadian immigration application process.

The Law Firm of Campbell Cohen has launched a fresh version of their Canadian immigration website with a distinct and focused message: you can get to Canada sooner than you think. The new strategic direction of the site is inspired by feedback from clients, many of whom express concern about immigration waiting times. The new website provides visitors with tools and solutions to alleviate this concern.

American Refugee Policies Violate Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:37:00 -0400

A Canadian Federal Court judge has ruled that Canada must reassess its reciprocal refugee-protection agreement with the United States, stating that the US is not in compliance with international refugee conventions. Attorney David Cohen comments on the implications for Canada immigration.

Philippines Becomes Top Source Country For New Canadian Permanent Residents

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:31:51 -0400

More than 40,000 permanent residents from the Philippines became permanent residents of Canada in 2014. That figure is up from 29,539 in 2013, making the Philippines the top source country for Canadian immigration last year. China had been the top source country in 2013.

Philippines Becomes Top Source Country For New Canadian Permanent Residents

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:31:51 -0400

More than 40,000 permanent residents from the Philippines became permanent residents of Canada in 2014. That figure is up from 29,539 in 2013, making the Philippines the top source country for Canadian immigration last year. China had been the top source country in 2013.

Canadian Immigration Measures To Support Those Affected By Nepal Earthquake

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:29:37 -0400

Canada will be prioritizing the processing of immigration applications already in progress on request from those who are significantly and personally affected by the earthquake in Nepal, which occurred on April 25, 2015.

Manitoba Reopens Skilled Worker Overseas Stream For Canadian Immigration

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:23:33 -0400

As of April 30, 2015, the Canadian province of Manitoba has reopened the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream of the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP). Through the MPNP, Manitoba seeks skilled workers and their families who have the documented intention and ability to settle successfully in Manitoba and establish themselves economically as permanent residents of Canada.

Yellowknife Approved For Exemption From TFW Hiring Ban

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:17:01 -0400

The capital of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, has won an exemption from the federal government on the hiring of temporary foreign workers in certain positions.

Quebec And Federal Governments At Odds Over Changes To Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:15:49 -0400

The government of Quebec, led by Liberal Premier Philippe Couillard, has stated its opposition to imminent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) that are scheduled to come into effect next week on April 30.

Candidates with 453 or more CRS points selected in eighth Express Entry draw for Canadian immigration

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:10:00 -0400

The eighth, and latest, draw from the Express Entry pool was performed by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) during the period beginning on April 17, 2015 and ending on April 18, 2015. 715 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence were issued to candidates in the pool who each had 453 or more Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points.

CIC continues to select candidates without job offers or provincial nominations from Express Entry pool

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:02:47 -0400

Following soon after yesterday’s news that a number of the first few successful applicants for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry immigration selection system have obtained permanent resident status, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has performed its seventh, and latest, draw from the Express Entry pool.

First Express Entry Applicants Get Permanent Resident Status Within Three Months

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:01:17 -0400

Canada has welcomed the first few successful applicants for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry immigration selection system, which came into operation on January 1, 2015.

First Express Entry Applicants Get Permanent Resident Status Within Three Months

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:01:17 -0400

Canada has welcomed the first few successful applicants for Canadian immigration through the Express Entry immigration selection system, which came into operation on January 1, 2015.

Yukon Announces Details Of Express Entry Stream For Canadian Immigration

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:58:25 -0400

The Canadian territory of Yukon has provided details for the new Express Entry stream of its Yukon Nominee Program (YNP). The new employer-driven stream aligns with the federal Express Entry immigration selection system.

British Columbia Announces Changes To Provincial Nominee Program

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:53:43 -0400

The B.C. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Shirley Bond, today announced significant changes to the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BCPNP) for Canadian immigration.

Sixth Express Entry draw: 1637 Invitations issued, lowest Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) required was 453

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:51:01 -0400

On March 27, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced a record breaking Express Entry draw.

Nova Scotia Welcoming More Immigrants Than At Any Time In Last 10 Years

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:47:23 -0400

The government of Nova Scotia has stated that 2,661 immigrants settled in the province last year, more than at any point over the past decade.

Ground-breaking Express Entry draw: 1620 Invitations issued, lowest Comprehensive Ranking Score (CRS) required was 481

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:45:58 -0400

For the first time since its introduction on January 1st, 2015, Canada’s Express Entry application management system has resulted in invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence being issued to candidates with less than 600 CRS points.

More Immigrants To Canada Heading West, Fewer To Toronto Area

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:42:38 -0400

The proportion of new immigrants to Canada settling in Toronto dropped to 33 percent in 2010, from 48 percent in 2000. The decade of the 2000s saw a rising share of new arrivals opting instead for other destinations, particularly medium-sized cities on the Prairies.

Canadian Immigration Applicants Warned Of Scam

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:39:47 -0400

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the federal agency that is responsible for border enforcement, immigration enforcement and customs services, has warned in a press release of a scam asking applicants for Canadian immigration for money.

Quebec Allocates 6,300 Places For Skilled Worker Program

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:36:37 -0400

The government of Quebec has announced that it will receive a maximum of 6,300 applications for a Quebec Selection Certificate through its Quebec Skilled Worker Program , which is due to reopen later this year.

Quebec Allocates 6,300 Places For Skilled Worker Program

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:36:37 -0400

The government of Quebec has announced that it will receive a maximum of 6,300 applications for a Quebec Selection Certificate through its Quebec Skilled Worker Program , which is due to reopen later this year.

Hamilton Outlines Immigration Strategy At United Nations Meeting

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:35:08 -0400

The Canadian city of Hamilton, situated south of Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario, was the only Canadian city represented among global metropolises talking about their immigration strategies at a recent meeting hosted by the United Nations in New York City.

Foreign Workers made up less than two percent of Canadian workforce between 2002 and 2012

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:59:02 -0400

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has reported that foreign workers made up less than two percent of the overall labour force in Canada between the years 2002 and 2012, inclusive.

China To Provide 10-year Multiple Entry Visas To Canadians

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:56:25 -0400

The government of Canada has announced that it has reached an agreement with Beijing whereby Canadians will be allowed 10-year multiple entry visas into China for business, family or tourist purposes. The news was greeted positively by the Canadian business community.

Immigrants’ Personal Information May Be Shared Under Proposed Law

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:54:48 -0400

The sharing of personal information between government departments for enforcement purposes has been included in a proposed law, published Friday.

R&B Star Chris Brown Denied Entry To Canada

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:52:39 -0400

Chris Brown, the American R & B star who infamously pleaded guilty to an assault charge after an incident with then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, last night cancelled two shows in Montreal and Toronto after citing Canadian “immigration issues”.

Northwest Territories On Track To Meet Nominated Immigrant Targets

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:48:59 -0400

The Northwest Territories, one of Canada’s three territories located in the North of the country, is on track to meet its Canadian immigration targets for the next five years.

Canada Extends Intake Period For Investor Program

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:46:14 -0400

The period for which Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept applications for the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program has been extended until April 15, 2015. CIC had stated previously that it would accept applications for the program, which selects up to 60 high-net-worth applicants for Canadian immigration, until February 11, 2015.

Canada Extends Intake Period For Investor Program

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:46:14 -0400

The period for which Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept applications for the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program has been extended until April 15, 2015. CIC had stated previously that it would accept applications for the program, which selects up to 60 high-net-worth applicants for Canadian immigration, until February 11, 2015.

New Requirements Imminent For Employers Hiring LMIA-Exempt Foreign Workers

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:43:57 -0400

Canadian employers seeking to hire foreign nationals who are exempt from the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process will soon be required to submit information about their business, including details of the offer of employment, and pay a fee to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

International Students Feel Left Behind By Express Entry

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:41:26 -0400

Significant changes to Canada’s immigration management system have made it more difficult for international post-graduates who graduated from Canadian universities to become permanent residents of Canada.

Second Round Of Invitations To Apply Issued, But CIC Fails To Follow Protocol